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Creative Studies, M.S.


International Center for Studies in Creativity


Dr. Susan Keller-Mathers

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Creative Thinking is a critical life skill needed for success in the 21st Century. The next generation will be working in jobs that may not even exist today. It is education’s responsibility to prepare students by teaching them how to think not what to think.

Given my commitment to bringing creativity to education, this project focused on working with a small group of public school teachers to find effective methods and materials to assist teachers in using creativity tools. Given that teachers are busy people who work within time constraints and the demands of a large set of curriculum objectives continual adjustment based on teacher’s preferences was key to this project. This led me to a Mystery Box exercise that unexpectedly captured the interest and heart of both teachers and students. The Mystery Box provided a focus that was a fun and effective way to stimulate creative thinking while simultaneously connecting to classroom lessons and units.

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