Creativity & Innovation
Tina Kennedy, Kim Day, Michele Wyant
Definition of Creativity and Innovation
-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.