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R. E. Myers

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Since I have devoted many decades to developing materials that purport to encourage creative thinking, I suppose that I must say that teachers can refer and use all types of media in order to stimulate creative thinking in their students.  Most of what I have produced is in the print media, but I have also attempted to create materials in film and audio  that foster creativity in young people.

Actually, commercial materials aren't the only way to achieve growth in creative thinking.  Questioning and even storytelling by teachers can be very effective.

In most of my printed materials (such as Golden Quills, 2008, Gifted Ed. Press), I have a story or two to tell.  What I feel is most important is the warming-up stage of creative production.  This idea is lost on many publishers, who aim to reduce the verbiage in my lessons to a minimum.  (Fortunately, Gifted Education Press doesn't tinker with  my lessons in either Golden Qujills or Homeschooling Gifted Students.)  It takes a while usually for the student to get in  a mood for playing around with ideas or producing ideas of his/her on.
One of the ways I trey to get the student in a mood to be playful is to inject humor in the lessons. 

Of course, I'm probably successful more often than I would like (or the teacher would hope for).  One reason is that the teacher has to be sympathetic with the lesson, and, if possible, be enthusiastic about the idea of encouraging creative thinking.  On the other hand, I've known teachers to become enthusiastic when they see the reactions to these lessons.   So I keep writing them and hoping.

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