Critical Creativity in the Classroom

By: Dan Ryder and Amy Burvall
Intention: Critical Creativity in the Classroom by Dan Ryder and Amy Burvall

Intention: Critical Creativity in the Classroom provides field-tested, student-centered activities, lessons, and experiences ready for integration into any classroom.

Each lesson features a pathway for facilitating thinking and making, an inventory of critical thinking skills developed during the experience, multiple suggestions for content area integration, and ideas for further enrichment and exploration. Explore a treasure trove of 40+ exercises, lessons and “rigorous whimsy” experiences tailored to middle and high school students. These lessons are also easily adapted to elementary and higher education. Tap into accessible strategies designed to help students explain their intentions and go from “cool idea” to authentic understanding.

About the Author

Mark Wagner, CEO and EdTechTeam author

Dan Ryder

Mark Wagner, CEO and EdTechTeam author

Amy Burvall

Dan Ryder is a 20-year veteran educator, improviser, design thinker and co-author of Intention: Critical Creativity in the Classroom. After two decades in the English department, he now serves as Education Director of the Success & Innovation Center at Mt. Blue Campus, a rural regional high school in Farmington, Maine. An Apple Distinguished Educator, he can be followed @wickeddecent across the social media edu-sphere.

After 25 years in K-12 education, Amy is consulting, creating, and curating in the fields of creativity, visual thinking, and digital literacies. Amy speaks internationally and facilitates learning experiences for the education and corporate sectors. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (UK), an Apple Teacher, and a Google Education Innovator. In addition to Intention, she authored Innovation-themed curricula for a global education start-up, and works as a professional illustrator/animator. She is well known for her “History for Music Lovers” series on YouTube.

What People are Saying

This book flames the fire and inspires educators to bring creativity and critical thinking to their students’ work. Dan and Amy have created a powerful resource that marries essential understandings of any lesson with creative whimsy while always keeping intent in mind. True learning is not measured by a standardized test. True learning is demonstrated by transferring knowledge to new contexts, remixing, and communicating ideas clearly. Intention and creativity can demonstrate understanding while engaging and empowering learners. This is a must have for any classroom and professional resource library. – Timothy Hebda, educator and EdCamp organizer

What I would have given to have educators like Amy and Dan in my early years…doodling, remixing, iterating, discovering, playing to learn with all your might. The world needs thinkers like these two, and the world also needs this book – Sunni Brown, best-selling author of Gamestorming and The Doodle Revolution

Bravo to Burvall and Ryder for showing us how to bring out more creativity in the classroom. All teachers, parents, and students will find something to steal here” – Austin Kleon, best-selling author of Steal Like an Artist and Show Your Work

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