The Creative Classroom

The Torrance Incubation Model

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Do you want to bring more creativity into your classroom, but you aren’t sure how? Do you wonder if you even have time for creativity in your daily schedule? This workshop covers the Torrance Incubation Model for incorporating creative thinking as part of your daily content lessons.


Participants will be able to:

Define creativity and what it means within a classroom context

Recognize and practice creative thinking skills and design experiences that target those skills

Utilize the Torrance Incubation Model for lesson planning to create engaging lessons with a creative thread woven throughout


  1. Defining creativity: Write your thoughts about what creativity is. Think of one especially creative student you’ve had and describe them.
  2. Pick three (six for 15-hour certificate) of the creativity skills and think of ways to heighten anticipation using each of those skills.
  3. Using one lesson you have to teach in the near future, rework it using the Torrance Incubation Model.
  4. Reflect on your definition of creativity that you wrote at the beginning. Share your takeaways from the workshop.
  5. (For 15-hour certificate) Implement your TIM lesson and complete a reflection.
  6. (For 15-hour certificate) Implement one of the Creativity Skills Games from the booklet in the resources and complete a reflection.

10-hour or 15-hour Certificate available for professional development upon completion of course and assignments (extra assignments required for 15-hour certificate).


  • Excerpt: Weaving Creativity Into Every Strand of Your Curriculum by Cyndi Burnett and Julia Figliotti
  • Three Articles: An Overview of TIM by Mary Murdock and Sue Keller-Mathers


  1. What is creativity?
    1. standard definition and myths
    2. Torrance’s definition
    3. incubation
  2. The Torrance Incubation Model overview
    1. 3 stages + skills
    2. example lesson
  3. The creative thinking skills
    1. understanding Torrance's 18 skills
    2. practicing creative thinking with the skills
  4. The Stages of TIM
    1. Heightening Anticipation
    2. Deepening Expectations
    3. Extending the Learning
  5. Closing
    1. Applying TIM to a lesson
    2. Reflection

Included Resources

Follow-along workbook with information and exercises for synthesizing the content

Collaborative document for generating ways to support creative skills

Poster of 10 Creative Skills

Booklet of 7 classroom games to practice creativity skills

Graphic of Torrance Incubation Model by Mary Murdock and Sue Keller-Mathers

Excerpt of Weaving Creativity Into Every Strand of Your Curriculum by Cyndi Burnett and Julia Figliotti

Three article overview of TIM by Mary Murdock and Sue Keller-Mathers

Template for TIM lesson planning with example

Course transcripts

Membership in Fablevision FLOW Facebook group

Your Instructor

Sara Smith
Sara Smith

Sara has taught preschool, first grade, and third grade in public schools and has also trained to facilitate self-directed learning. She has a BS in Human Development and Family Studies and MS in Creativity from the International Center for Studies in Creativity. Her interests lie in the intersection of creativity and learning.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
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