Saturday, February 5, 2011

Missing Summary? 4-9?

Being Creative
"Creativity is possible in any activity we engage in.  New ways of thinking can transform us."
There are some wonderful examples of this on Ted. com.  Listen to how Conrad Wolfram talks about teaching students Math.
Feeling Better
"Creativity is possible in anyone"  It is not separated by disciplines.  If you listen to Sir Ken Robinson on, you will hear him talk about how people need to find their talents and do what they love to do.  "Know thyself".  You can be creative in what you do and enjoy your one and only life.
You Are Not Alone
The world of creativity is like a "slinky".  It begins and extends on and on but always stays connected to its beginnings in some way.
Balancing The Books
How do we promote creativity?  1.  Identify creative strengths and abilities  2.  Help provide conditions conducive for growth  3.  Determine what your goals are  4.  Be flexible  5.  Try new ideas
Be sure to see:  "Teaching Design"  by

Thursday, January 20, 2011


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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Book Reflection - Creativity

This was a wonderful book to read as an art teacher because of the creativity theme throughout the book. However, one particular item that was particularly interesting was when Robinson talked about how knowledge and creativity does not come from only us but rather from others.

This is very true, especially in the art world. The way we think and create comes from influences from those around us. So much of our creativity is inspired by our surroundings and the environment that we live in. This leads to creativity and culture.

I especially enjoyed this quote by Robinson. "We stand on the shoulders of others to see further." (pg. 171) This means that in order for us to be creative we often first must use the creative genius of others to propel us on our own creative path. Culture drives what is creative in society.

It is interesting to me that what is popular is also what is artistic and creative at a certain time in history. I find this true even in my classroom. If the students are able to create a project that is related to popular culture they are much more interested in the process and the outcome.

What a great book about creativity with great insights.