Creativity 101


Jodie Mason

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F19: Creativity 101 (Destination Imagination) / Faith Garriock
(recorded during the PITA Fall Conference Oct 08 in Kelowna)
Teamwork & Creative Problem Solving: Focusing on listening/communication skills and suspending judgment of ideas in order to explore alternative possibilities.
Process oriented: Focusing on the thinking/collaborative thought process rather then the final product. A great way to do this is have students working on projects where the final product is unknown ( this helps them avoid settling on one idea and fosters the habit of life long learning/development). Another process is to generate abundances of ideas and then have the individual/group/class refine the list to a manageable number and brainstorm again on ideas related to the refined list. Let the class know that it is positive to recombine or adapt previous ideas to form new ones and encourage students not to become attached one any single idea at this stage but to explore many possibilities. Self assessment and peer feedback is can in great assessment for learning tools in terms of having student think about the creative process. Recap Questions: What did it feel like when you had many ideas occurring to you? What did it feel like if you ever got stuck? What helped you get unstuck and continue generating more ideas?
Promotes educational goals: academically based + focused on different areas, research component, improvisational component, International themes
Time management
Personal + group aptitudes
Instant Challenges: Focusing on creative fluency (developing ideas quickly while suspending judgment) timed challenges, improvisation

  • Ex. Building a tower with unconventional materials

Team Challenges (Tournament): Project based, presentation, over an extended period of time
Side Trips: opportunity for teams to discover + showcase individual/collective interests

  • Ex. Compose music, perform drama, create artwork, etc.

Fun: engaged learners
Community-based, school-friendly
Generating + focusing tools: paired comparison analysis, morphological matrix, stimulating stems
Brainstorming: using post-it notes (generate + focus)
Praise phrases + killer statements
SCAMPER: analysis tool