George Lucas Educational Foundation

Creativity

Not sure where to start with teaching creativity? Discover how to ignite students' interests and passions. Then, stand back, and watch great things emerge.

  • A Creative Way to Do Reading Station Exit Tickets

    Incorporating art by having students create a passport stamp for each station helps them explore personal connections to informational texts.
    Katie Linehan
  • 5 Home Learning Experiences for the Elementary Grades 

    Activities that incorporate speaking and listening, reading and writing, math, music, science, art, and drama—and are parent-friendly.
  • Mo Willems on the Lost Art of Being Silly

    The author of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive The Bus! chats with us about creativity, drawing as empathy, and letting kids “do 51 percent of the work.”
    Emily Kaplan
  • Transforming a School Through Arts Integration

    Structuring a school around the arts can help students excel academically and develop social and emotional skills.
  • The Power of Rap and Hip-Hop in the Classroom

    Educators are finding creative, culturally responsive ways to use rap and hip-hop music to teach history, poetry and writing.
  • 4 Reasons to Start Class With a Poem Each Day

    Make a daily habit of starting every ELA class with a poem—they’re short and intense, connect to other reading, and inspire student writing.
  • 4 Ways to Develop Creativity in Students

    Creativity is a valuable skill, and there are common strategies teachers can use to help students develop it.
  • A Powerful Way to End the School Year

    Year mapping allows students to see what they’ve learned in your class, and it’s a great resource for your incoming class.
  • 22 Simple Ideas for Harnessing Creativity in the Elementary Classroom

    Look through the door of one classroom and you might see the students hunched over, not engaged, even frowning. Look through the door of another classroom, and you might see a room full of lively students, eager, engaged and participating. What is the second teacher doing that the first one isn't? He or she is using creativity in that classroom.
  • More Than Highlighting: Creative Annotations

    Active strategies for annotation like collaborative work and illustration increase students’ comprehension and retention.
  • 4 Things Transformational Teachers Do

    Transformational teachers create experiences in their classrooms, melding the art and science of any subject and making their students care about learning.
  • What the Heck Is Project-Based Learning?

    In project-based learning, students show what they learn as they journey through the unit, interact with its lessons, collaborate with each other, and assess themselves and each other.
  • Assessing Learning Without a Test

    Challenging high school students to show their learning through a product of their own design brings out their creativity.
  • Using Comic Books for Serious Learning

    Comic books and graphic novels can engage middle school readers, and creating them is a way to incorporate language arts standards.