Scope and Sequence for the
Creativity Ideal

How much time?

The Creativity Module can take anywhere from 12-15 weeks to a whole year to complete. Except for some special introductory, middle, and closing activities, most of the learning of the Creativity Module comes from integrating the creativity thinking routines into the curriculum. After a couple of initial introductory classroom activities, little additional special instructional time is needed for the activities, though using them with depth may call for some additional planning time and classroom discussion.

After introducing the general idea of creativity and the creativity map to your students, you might introduce a new routine every week or two, using it several times so students become familiar with it. Naturally, there's no need to stop using other routines in your classroom while you introduce creativity. Just make sure you use the new routine frequently enough to keep up the momentum and the learning.

What happens?

The Creativity Module follows a loose sequence that can be varied and adapted to fit your situation. You can dive in at different places, depending on your situation and interests. However, most teachers follow a sequence that begins with introducing the ideal, continues with several weeks of working with the ideal, and concludes with reflective activities that both consolidate student learning and assess students' progress. The sequence usually looks something like this.

Introducing the ideal to students: Uncovering students' thinking about creativity

Week 1: Initial "Thinking about Thinking" activities (see Introducing the Ideal)

Week 2: Concept maps activity and introduction (see Introducing the Ideal)

The general emphasis of the first 2 weeks is uncovering students' thinking about creativity. This helps students recognize and build on the ideas they already have and it helps you understand where they are starting from. During this initial phase you will also want to introduce students to the Map of the Creativity Ideal. This map, like all maps of the Ideals, provides an anchor for the creative thinking students will be doing throughout the module.

Working with the ideal: Exploring, Reflecting on, and Detecting creativity

Weeks 3-7: Introduce and practice 2-4 routines (see the Routines and Working with the Ideal sections)

Week 8: Mid-point Reflection and discussion (see Working with the Ideal Section)

Weeks 9-14: Continue to introduce new routines and practice previous ones. Work on activities for helping student to spot occasions for creativity. (See the Routines and Working with the Ideal sections)

The general emphasis of this phase of the module is Exploring, Reflecting, and Detecting. The creativity routines help students explore many creative challenges within and outside the curriculum, improving students' creative skills at the same time. Students gain awareness and expand their creative abilities by reflecting regularly on their thinking throughout the module. Two simple routines for this are "I used to think..., But now I think..." or Connect Back. Several of the creativity routines also help student detect occasions for creativity -- occasions to think creatively and occasions to seek creativity in the world around them.

Looking at students' conceptual development: Closing the creativity module, Reviewing and assessing

Week 15: Closing Activity and Assessments (See Looking at Students' Conceptual Development section)

The general emphasis of this last phase of the ideal is on reviewing and assessing students' conceptual development. This is important because it helps students consolidate their insights and skills, and it helps you assess what progress has been made. Some of the "uncovering" activities from the beginning of the module can be done again here as points of comparison, for instance the concept map activity.