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.