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Are you a creative thinker? Creativity enables us to see things through different perspectives, as we use our imagination to approach problems and come up with innovative ideas. As a skill applicable to all areas of everyday life, from the arts to scientific study, being creative can contribute significantly to success in the work place and personal happiness.

Find out all about how to encourage creative thinking with the resources below, featuring an article by leading life skills specialist, Dr. Kagan.

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Beyond: Arts and Media: Artists

In this lesson taken from the Beyond lessons on onestopenglish, a collection of topical lessons for teenagers, students act as art critics and give opinions, using their imagination to offer their own interpretations of various artworks.

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Open Mind: Thinking creatively

Taken from Unit 11 of the pre-intermediate level of Open Mind, students apply their creative thinking to a workplace situation in this lesson, working together to understand problems, generate new ideas and identify the best solution. 
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In Company 3.0: Collaboration

When new and fresh ideas are needed, one way to help your students become more creative is through collaborating on projects. In this sample Business English lesson with accompanying audio from the intermediate level of  In Company 3.0, students work together to come up with creative business solutions. 

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Lesson: Creativity

This lesson explores creative thinking and encourages students to use creativity in problem-solving. Including activities and brain-teasers to get students thinking, this lesson is all about thinking outside the box to find alternatives and solutions.

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For Fun: Creative Work Wordsearch

Can you find the creative professions hidden in this wordsearch? Find the jobs and read how creativity applies in each of these different roles.

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Macmillan Readers: Thinking Creatively

Take a look at the latest set of activities on thinking creatively from Macmillan Readers. Each set of activities offers prompts for creative writing tasks, giving your students resources to develop their writing skills while considering life skills such as problem solving, decision making and self-awareness. 

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Thinking Skills Article: Dr. Spencer Kagan

An internationally acclaimed researcher, presenter and author, Dr. Spencer Kagan specialises in helping educators boost student engagement and learning through the application of life skills. Read Dr. Kagan’s insightful article on why rethinking thinking can help teachers to better address the needs of their students and visit his site for more complete articles. 
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Video Interview: Evan Grant

How important are life skills to the work of a creative technology firm? Evan Grant, founder of Seeper, explains how thinking outside the box is essential when working on visual effects and technology projects with clients like the BBC, Glastonbury Festival and Google.

Lesson: Get Thinking

Think big, think positive and think outside the box! It's time to get thinking with a themed lesson focusing on different expressions using the verb think.

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Lesson: Positive and Creative Thinking

Confidence in your own skills and the ability to demonstrate them is key. Explore positive expression with these activities: a great way to get your student thinking about their creative skills whilst expanding their vocabulary!

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For Fun: Creative Thinking

Solve the anagram! Each of the cogs in this puzzle worksheet contains a nine-letter word for a mystery invention. Can you follow the clues and unscrabble each of the clever inventions in the puzzle? Two bonus inventions that came about by accidental genius have been hidden in the shaded letters!

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For Fun: Famous Five

How many words can you think of? How many different words can your students come up with to place in our grid?

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Onestopenglish Lesson: Museums

Paintings, statues, mummies and whale skeletons: what curiosities do you expect to see when you visit a museum? Get your class talking and sharing their opinions about a trip to an art gallery or museum! This all-in-one lesson plan includes topical activities for vocabulary, writing, reading, listening and speaking practice. 

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Onestopenglish Lesson: Politics

Discussing politics can seem daunting at first! Big ideas and current affairs can be hard to get a handle on. This lesson shows students how to critically evaluate text, understand words in context and develop critical thinking, whilst asking them to consider their own social responsibilities.

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“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For while knowledge defines all we currently know and understand, imagination points to all we might yet discover and create.”   

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