Strategies for promoting creativity in your classroom

by Elaine Sponholtz
Ph.D. student, University of Florida

Support Creativity and Idea Generation by:

  •  Asking naïve questions that question assumptions, why is that a given?
  • Being curious because curiosity drives new research questions
  • Equal status should be given for a Creativity Quotient along with IQ and
    (Emotional Intelligence) because it is essential for innovation
  • Synthetic Thinking (along with analytic and practical thinking) is crucial
  •  Risk-taking — looking stupid, making mistakes, taking a chance on success
  •  Humor is an undervalued mode of communication not taken seriously
  •  Crossing categories of personal and professional interests for new areas of focus (i.e. look at what childhood interests can lead to)
  •  Look for what isn’t there as a way to open mental door

Ken Robinson’s ideas on education reform:http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html

Taking “Baby Steps” or incremental learning
David Kelly, of IDEO and Stanford, gave TED talk about Bandura’s use of small steps to overcome fear of creativity and increase self-confidence in creative thinking
http://www.ted.com/talks/david_kelley_how_to_build_your_creative_confidence.html

Rethinking categories and mental partitions can show that how we think of things affects our research
Projection Design and Dance Performance “Wife” by The Grey Ones:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IZG6qELYgY

  • Synthetic thinking or crossing disciplines tend to promote creativity and new ideas
  •  Itagé Website designed for teaching technology, including online video editing, with West African Culture — http://www.steamlearningnetwork.com/itage
  • Design thinking/iterative thinking includes revisions as part of process
  • Empathy (i.e. David Kelley’s story in TED talk of revamping MRI into a pirate game)
  • Remapping or looking for new connections from subject to subject
  • Doodling can turn into something as “Activity evolves purpose,” from artist Lynda Barry idea of idea development grounded in practice/

References:

http://thenearsightedmonkey.tumblr.com/post/36022371127/poster-for-lynda-barrys-class-the-unthinkable

http://www.asa3.org/ASA/education/think/creative.htm

http://www.cdl.org/resource-library/articles/teaching_creativity.php

http://www.creativesomething.net/post/39565078624

Elaine Sponholtz is a student in Mass Communication Teaching.

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