Developing a product, process or idea by integrating original thinking with existing knowledge

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Fostering Creativity

  • Do I know what the students in our class this year are interested in?
  • Do I know what background knowledge and misconceptions the students in our class have this year?
  • Do students have the opportunity to investigate authentic problems?
  • Do students have the opportunity to pursue topics of interest to them?
  • Do students have the opportunity and time to stay in the problem long enough to understand it?
  • Where do students get new knowledge, ideas or processes? Are they supported to construct this themselves?
  • Do students have an organized body of knowledge (existing knowledge + own thinking) to apply possible solutions to the problem?
  • Do students have the opportunity to share what they know in ways they choose?
  • Do I support students in taking risks?
  • Do I foster a growth mindset in the classroom?
  • Do I teach students how to ask deep thinking questions?
  • Is curiosity valued in our classroom?

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Creativity may be one of the most misunderstood outcomes.  A few links are suggested for creativity:

A good primer with some research integrated.  A bit of an emphasis on breaking traditional thought patterns – the blue circle in the top graphic. Why We Have our Best Ideas in the Shower
Interesting read on creativity.  Controversial at the moment as the author made up quotes from Bob Dylan and others to support his ideas, but I’d still recommend it. imaginebookcover
 A variety of video clips on creativity and imagination from the literacy numeracy secretariat. Creativity and Imagination
4 pager by Robert Sternberg and Wendy M. Williams with a lot of good starting points.  Teaching for Creativity: Two Dozen Tips


Ken Robinson on Creativity – most watched Ted Talk of all time.

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