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Richard A. Shade and Patti Garrett Shade

Students now enter a world where creativity is a skill employers increasingly value and demand. As a result, many schools in countries around the world ‘are now focusing aggressively on turning their schools and industries into hotbeds of creativity, imagination, and innovation - the areas in which economies will win or lose.’1 However, creative learning opportunities have been limited, for the most part, to the visual and performing arts. In this chapter, we introduce the concept of creativity as an essential component of all teaching and learning. curiosita teaching is based on the da Vincian principal of Curiosita – ‘an insatiable curious approach to life and an unrelenting quest for continuous learning’. This chapter introduces the four Elements of Creativity as the instructional skills of creativity and as the basis for understanding the definition of creativity. curiosita teaching is presented as a model that provides teachers with the instructional tools and curricular framework to integrate creativity (creative thinking) into all parts of teaching and learning. All learning involves processing, persistence, and productivity. Creative learning also requires understanding the roles of perception, passion, person, and press. These seven components are conceptualized in the Creativity Fan model, designed to assist educators in understanding and targeting the overarching instructional goals of teaching with creativity.