"Grow Creativity!" focuses on ways creativity can be developed and encouraged through fluency, flexibility, originality, and elaboration. This article written by Candace Hackett Shively had me hooked from the beginning:
The world needs creative thinkers, scientists, engineers, leaders, and contributing workers. yet research repeatedly shows creativity is schooled out of us. A shared vocabulary and lens for creativity helps teachers and students know what it means to "be creative" and where to start.
This article goes on to share ways creativity can be incorporated across curriculum areas and grade levels. Specific suggestions are offered for ways teachers can build fluency, flexibility, originality, and elaboration in math, science, social studies, reading, language arts, and visual arts/music. Certain technology tools and websites are suggested for each area as well.
This article makes several points which I did not realize but make perfect sense:
- "Brainstorming builds fluency"
- "Flexibility is the ability to look at a question or topic from a different angle."
- "Originality requires the greatest risk taking and is the crux of innovation"
- "Originality is often disruptive in a school setting, but disruptive ideas often generate beneficial changes in the wider world."
- "Without elaboration, others would not see the full potential of a creative inspiration."
I see this article as one that both encourages thinking and is motivating for action!
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