The Curiosita Teaching Program includes an assessment tool for collecting anecdotal data on the creative behaviors of students or children. As you will notice in the list below, some of the behaviors are not always viewed in a positive light. It is important that teachers and parents increase their awareness of these types of behaviors as they relate to expressions of creative thinking. The Creative Attribute Learning Log (C.A.L.L.) can also be used to encourage the occurrences of creative behaviors. These definitions are used to complete the assessment template that can be found in Curiosita Teaching: Integrating Creativity Into All Teaching & Learning.
The Creative Attribute Learning Log Definitions
1. Original Thinking Patterns - approaches ideas from different perspectives than other students
2. Relishes Ambiguity/Uncertainty - thrives in unknown situations; enjoys not knowing the “right” answer.
3. Intellectually Playful - has fun tinkering or pondering on ideas and concepts.
4. Makes Unusual Associations - sees analogies between seemingly unlike ideas.
5. Asks Provocative Questions - stimulates the conversation or discussion with intense "why not" or “what if” questions.
6. Passionate Level of Interest - displays intense desire to work on some things or learn about some things.
7. Generates Many Ideas - prolific when asked to come up with ideas.
8. Own Thinking Group - thinks in a somewhat “personalized” unique manner.
9. Makes Intuitive Leaps - goes further with their understanding; seems to jump quickly to a solution or idea.
10. Relishes Off-the-Wall Humor - likes the wacky, weird, or unusual humor.
11. Possibility Focused - optimistic when faced with complex, difficult tasks.
12. Broad Range of Interests - eclectic interest to the extreme; often not completing tasks or excelling in one particular area.
13. Independent of Other’s Judgment - does not require the support of others to produce, achieve, or believe.
14. Acts on Impulse/Emotions - feels passionately; goes with hunches without supporting data.
15. Ideas Don’t Fit the Norm - ideas are often unique and not understood or accepted by peers.
16. Greater Persistence/Determination - will work ceaselessly and tirelessly in area of interest.
17. Divergent/Convergent Thinking - can simultaneously access creative and critical thinking skills.
18. Open to New Ideas - enjoys thinking of new and different things; does not understand why others aren’t.
19. Works Independently – requires little instruction or support to work independently; enjoys working alone.
20. Stands Ground When Criticized - strong self -beliefs; does not change mind easily or often.