Promoting Public Service

  Our communities depend on individuals that believe in public service. How can we inspire and nurture public service with elementary students? First, have a discussion about the meaning of public service. Discuss different ways that public employees help the community. Brainstorm services provided by public servants. (firefighters, lawmakers, military personnel, postal delivery, teachers, and […]

Basics of Creative Problem Solving

What is Creative Problem Solving? Creative Problem Solving is a process of breaking down a problem, generating multiple solutions, and evaluating ideas for the most effective result. The process was first formalized by Alex Osborne and Sidney Parnes in the 1950s. It has been taught in a variety of programs since that time to encourage […]

Creative Problem Solving Strategies

Students need to experience creative problem-solving opportunities to prepare for the 21stcentury. Adobe recently surveyed 2,000 educators and policymakers from around the world. Three quarters of respondents predicted that careers which require creative problem-solving skills are less likely to be adversely impacted by automation and machine learning. Students need to be taught these critical skills […]

More Facts than Fiction Please!

State and national standards are changing to emphasize the reading of more informational texts in elementary grades. In fact, Common Core standards require that 50% of reading in elementary grades should focus on reading non-fiction, informational text. Why? Reading informational text in elementary school prepares students for high school and college. Most of the text […]

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