Creativity & Innovation

Tina Kennedy, Kim Day, Michele Wyant

Definition of Creativity and Innovation

Think Creatively:

-Use a wide range of "idea"creation techniques (brainstorming)

-Create new and worthwhile ideas

-Elaborate, refine, analyze, and evaluate original ideas to improve & maximize creative efforts

Work Creatively with Others:

-Develop, implement & communicate new ideas to others

-Be open and responsive to new and diverse perspectives

-View failure as an opportunity yo learn


Ways to Integrate Creativity into Your Classroom

Two examples of what creativity and innovation skills might look like in core academic content classrooms.:

*Social Studies: 4th Grade - Students interview students and/or teachers to identify a problem (ex: bullying on the playground) and as a group brainstorm creative ways to address the problem. ( ex: Students can produce a play, create a video, or hold a contest for best ideas) Students develop creative solutions to a class or school problem.

*English: 3-5th grade - Students collect a variety of newspaper and magazine articles on a social or environmental issue (Earth Day). In small groups, they decide on an issue and a theme and style for a poem. They use words and phrases cut from the article to create a "found poem" on their topic.

Classroom Resourses

Even in the time of the ancient Greeks it was generally recognized that mathematics and art are intertwined. The symbiosis has continued through the ages. Today, with computer graphics and many new artistic media, this interplay has taken startling and enlightening new forms.

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Part of creativity is looking at what you've created and wondering, "Am I satisfied with it or can I make it better?" Tina Kennedy

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If no one wrote a note, we would not have music or stories. Who will write the next ones?

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"Successful individuals are those who have creative skills, to produce a vision for how they intend to make the world a better place for everyone; analytical intellectual skills, to assess their vision and those of others; practical intellectual skills, to carry out their vision and persuade people of its value; and wisdom, to ensure that their vision is not a selfish one." - Robert Sternberg of Tufts University

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