Creativity. An immensely valuable and important skill. Yet strangely intangible and wildly unpredictable. A rather uncreative person can have a brainwave and create something truly spectacular. A very creative person can go for days, weeks even, only producing mediocrity.
I am fascinated by creativity and how we may teach people to be more so. It is fun, rewarding and goes on to have a definite positive impact on the world. So two questions arise:
- How may we better teach and foster and unleash creativity?
- Is it possible to measure creativity?
The first question I am answering through practice. My teaching is centered around this idea, my website strives to encourage and promote creativity. I bring it into the spotlight where-ever possible. This is an evolving process, a creative process. Creativity is novel in that to teach creativity more effectively we need to be creative.
The second intrigues me immensely. While I would be perfectly happy to be able to develop creative ability well and not have any means to measure it, having the ability to measure it would be beneficial.
The search for a means to measure creativity, if nothing else, would lead to a better understanding of what creativity is. People have been in search of this for a while already. The Torrance test in one such attempt. Like other tests, it can determine if you are particularly creative or not very creative but that is about it.
Here are some questions I’m tossing around at the moment. Over time they will develop and with any luck will lead to some tangible outcomes.
- Is it in fact possible to put a quantitative value on something that is qualitative?
- Would it do more harm than good to achieve this?
- Would it be more appropriate to categorise creative ability instead?
- How do you accurately measure something where someones performance can vary wildly day to day?
- If you take creativity to be creation that has value then how do you assign value?
- Can we create a test that cannot be gamed (eg. doing many IQ test has been shown to improve your marks in said tests without necessarily improving your IQ)?
- What motivates someone to be creative?
- If creativity is a frame of mind, can we improve the ability of people to attain that frame of mind?
- Instead of a 1 dimensional scale would a multi-dimensional scale be more appropriate and what should the dimensions be?
- Can creative ability be harnessed as a motivator?
If you have any thoughts it would be great if you left us a comment.
Published July 25, 2010
Inspiration , Weekly Observation , Work Flow
Tags: brainstorming, creative, creativity, education, innovation, random word generator, random word list, random words, writers block
You are a creative person. Did you know that? But how creative are you? I’m willing to bet you are actually a whopping dollop more creative than you realise. Try the proven technique below for yourself, on your team, for your class and see how high your talent can soar.
Continue reading ‘Random Words, The Magical Booster for Creativity’
Are you a problem solver or a solution creator? Maybe you think you’re neither? Maybe you think you’re a problem creator? The answer is, you are definitely one of the first two. I believe it is impossible in todays world to be neither. No matter what you do you inevitably have the choice to change outcomes and to do things better. The last one you are not either. Every action has a motivation so you are trying to achieve something by it. I don’t believe anyone creates problems purely for the sake of creating problems. So, let’s find out whether you are a problem solver or a solution creator and what the differences are.
Continue reading ‘Problem Solver or Solution Creator?’
A new tool or gizmo is purchased. You are eagerly anticipating what it will do for you and how it will make your life better. After a few weeks though the magic wears off and you find yourself using it less and less. This is a common scenario. While there is no silver bullet that can alleviate this we can understand it which will lead to better decisions.
Continue reading ‘Creating tools that people will use’
Published April 3, 2010
Tags: brainstorming, creativity
Effective brainstorming is reliant on being able to find different perspectives from which to view the topic. Unfortunately we are creatures of habit and this does not come easily for us. Fortunately there are tools which can help us achieve this. Quantumplation is one of these tools.
Continue reading ‘Brainstorming with Quantumplation’
Learning Management Systems can add dramatic value to your classes. Or they can be a roadblock. It all depends on how you implement them in your class. Use of Learning Management Systems in education has not matured yet and we are still learning how they integrate. The following are not so much tips as attitudes and values.
Continue reading ’10 Ways to Increase the effectiveness of your Learning Management System’
Septines can be a powerful tool to aid in effective brainstorming. It is beneficial to understand how and why they work however.
Continue reading ‘Brainstorming with Septines’
Technology in the digital age has not given us anything we don’t already have. It has only given us new ways of doing them. Once you come to realise this you come to realise that you have a lot more flexibility and power than what you thought you had. This can be scary.
Continue reading ‘How to use technology’
I have written a few posts lately regarding the Apple iPad. It is a device that is really intriguing to me. Partly due to what it is, and partly due to the reaction it has generated. The next few months will give us some very valuable insights into how people work, how people think they work and how you may work more efficiently. I think a lot of people think these ideas are very closely aligned for them whereas I fear that for many they are actually quite far apart.
Continue reading ‘Understanding the iPad and how to use it’
Published January 16, 2010
Tags: focus, juggling, study
One of the main problems I find when studying, or doing work in general for that matter, is maintaining optimum focus. 15 mins of really focused work is going to deliver you more value than 1 hour of somewhat focused work. So the question is, how can we create an environment which improves your ability to focus?
Continue reading ‘Improve study technique’