Creativity and Design in the Classroom (Importance of creativity ("…
Creativity and Design in the Classroom
Importance of creativity
"Creativity is as important in education as literacy and we should treat it with the same status" -Sir Kenneth Robinson
Creative design skills are desired in work force
"I call the age we are entering the creative age because the key factor propelling us forward is the rise of creativity as the primary mover of our economy" -Richard Florida
Definition of Creativity
Create new ideas
Elaborate and refine original ideas
Work creatively with others
Communicate new ideas to others effectively
be open and responsive to new perspectives
Act on these ideas!
Make useful contributions
Teaching Creativity: 2nd Reading
Typical kindergarten child's uninhibited pre schematic drawing of herself
most are confident of this... until they hit 8-9 years old. Confidence crisis
When is freedom a bad idea?
students often revert to old, successful work when given freedom to "draw whatever they would like"
They imitate their own success
Limitations can be designed to require creativity
So long as difficulty level is reasonable, new experiments yield new successes
Why does drawing make us more creative?
researchers have found careful visual observation drawing is done in the part of the brain where intuitive and creative thinking occur
rational thinking, on the other hand, happens where schematic drawings are stored (stick figures, etc.)
when planning a creative project, drawings are constantly being modified and refined
designers respond with new variations until best possible outcome is realized