What is creativity?

  • Creativity = Creative Thinking + Critical Thinking + Creative Productivity
  • Creativity starts with both thinking processes and ends with a product.
  • Products are visual or verbal (written or oral) representations of students’ thinking.
  • Product development makes creativity tangible. Ask students to show their thinking! 

Can creativity be taught?

  • Yes! It is developmental and can be improved with practice, practice, practice.
  • Everyone is born with creative abilities. Some are born with a lot!
  • All of us can learn to be more creative. It's just like learning to ride a bike!
  • Not everyone will become a Jordan or Jobs, but practicing increases our creative abilities.
  • Creativity can be integrated into all content areas. It's not changing the What We Teach - it's changing the How.

How does creativity affect students' thinking processes?

  • It opens their minds to pondering and possibilities as permissible thinking.
  • It makes their thinking and attitudes more flexible and open to change and new ideas.
  • It allows students to see life and learning as a continuous improvement process.
  • Teaching students the skills of creativity prepares their minds for the future they will encounter.

What is required to establish a creative classroom climate?

  • Make students aware of the behaviors associated with creativity.
  • Design a flexible learning space to invite creative thinking and pondering. 
  • Use the four Rules of Brainstorming as classroom/home norms – especially deferred judgment.
  • Make your classroom a psychologically safe place for creativity to grow.
  • Encourage intellectual risk-taking and view mistakes as great!

How can creativity be assessed in the classroom?

  • Teachers can assess the Elements of Creativity: Fluency, Flexibility, Originality, and Elaboration in lesson design and in student work products.
  • Products can be assessed using rubrics for: presenting skills, product appearance, work effort, and elaboration.
  • Product assessment must include the real world skills students will need in their professional lives.
  • Students must be given time to develop and refine their products (weeks not days) using self, peer, & teacher guided reflection.

What can parents do to nurture and protect their child’s creativity?

  • Teach children the Elements of Creativity. Practice Fluency & Flexibility daily. Look for and celebrate Originality and Elaboration in life and in the products children produce.
  • Make an on-going display of creativity in your life: photos, poems, and songs – things that inspire imaginations. Find examples from all walks of life.
  • Teach children creative & critical thinking skills/strategies: SCAMPER, Think Tanks, brainstorming techniques, etc.
  • Use Kreativity Kwestion stem prompts. Eliminate Kreativity Killer statements from your vocabulary.
  • Share your own personal creative interests, hobbies, and passions.
  • Let children see you creating and changing ideas and products over time.

How does teaching with creativity support real world needs?

  • Innovative creative thinkers are the catalysts, across all fields endeavor, that make the world a better place.
  • The biggest change is that almost any job in the workforce today requires creative thinking and creative problem solving.
  • Technology has leveled the playing field for almost any business - they are now aggressively searching for creative employees.
  • Employers are seeking applicants who are creative, self-motivated, innovative, and have a passion for success.

What is the need for creativity in schools?

  • Students need to learn to be skilled thinkers inside and outside of the box.
  • Students and teachers have lost many opportunities to be joyously and intensely engaged in learning.
  • Many things that are important to developing life-long learners have been erased from the classroom.
  • Teaching with creativity  renews educators' passion for teaching.
  • Teaching with creativity personalizes learning and helps students discover their passions.