Developing Students' Creative and Critical Thinking Skills

Creative and critical thinking skills are not a luxury in the classroom; rather, they represent an important aspect of a Christian education. Not only is there a great need for quality serious and recreational literature, art, and music based on a biblical worldview, but the thinking skills involved in creating these works are valuable to all Christians as they evaluate and live in an increasingly secular world. We must not merely teach our students to think, but we must teach them to think, evaluate, and “create” according to biblical standards.

Key topics in this course include the following: biblical foundations for teaching creative and critical thinking skills; thinking “outside the box”; the theoretical background for teaching creative thinking skills; methods for teaching creativity; developing creative thinking activities for the classroom; and methods and activities for teaching critical thinking.

Dr. Beverly White About the Instructor:

Dr. Beverly White began teaching in Christian schools in 1971. She has a B.S. in Elementary Education from Bob Jones University, an M.A. in Reading from East Tennessee State University, and an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Supervision from East Tennessee State University. She has taught K-4 to graduate-level students and currently teaches high school literature, U.S. history, rhetoric, and creative writing, also serving as curriculum coordinator in her school. She helped write Study Right, Expert English, and Enrichment Reading, all published by TAKE TENN Publications, has made several teacher in-service training videos, and has written numerous articles for Christian school publications. At the present time, her creative energies go mainly into developing curriculum materials for her school, scrapbooking, and spending time with her grandson.