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1 Fostering Creativity Focus on Learning 2010

2 Welcome! Please select a centre and indulge your cerebral laterality! “The human mind is like a parachute - it functions better when it is open” Coles Rules

3 Creativity Statistics and Quotes Birth to 5 year olds = 95%Birth to 5 year olds = 95% Students graduating from college = 25%Students graduating from college = 25% Most of adult life = 10% creativeMost of adult life = 10% creative (Tony Buzan) (Tony Buzan)

4 Fostering……. “There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it is going to be a butterfly” Buckminster Fuller

5 Why Not? Proceed with Caution….you might have fun! “It is better to have enough ideas for some of them to be wrong, than to be always right by having no ideas at all”. Edward De Bono

6 Creativity is doing something differently than your habitual way… “ An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail ” Dr. Edwin Land

7 Me…..Creative? It’s just a process with various stages that don’t always occur in the same order: It’s just a process with various stages that don’t always occur in the same order: Defining the problem Defining the problem Generation of ideas Generation of ideas Testing the promising ideas Testing the promising ideas Evaluating the idea Evaluating the idea Implementing the idea Implementing the idea

8 Functional Fixedness and Blockage!  The right answer  Don’t be foolish  Avoid Ambiguity  To err is wrong  I’m not creative  That’s not logical  Follow the rules  Be practical  Play is Frivolous  That’s not my area

9 Cognition and Problem Solving You're out hiking in a remote area when you are drenched by a sudden, violent storm. You seek shelter in an abandoned cabin in which you find a pile of 2X4 lumber (each board is 8 feet long), some very rusty carpenter's tools, and some woodworking clamps. You decide to dry out your clothing, gear, and yourself by building a fire in the fireplace (your matches are dry).

10 It would be good if you could hang up your heavy, soaked overcoat so you decide to build a clothes rack to place near the fire. But you can't find any nails, rope, or wire which you might use to build a sturdy enough structure to hold your wet coat, which must weigh a ton! As a responsible camper, you don't want to damage the cabin or its contents. Is there a solution to your dilemma?

11 Try this... Take two 2X4's and place the clamp where indicated. The ends of the 2x4's should be jammed between the floor and the ceiling of the cabin. You can then hang your soaked coat on the handle of the clamp.Try this... Take two 2X4's and place the clamp where indicated. The ends of the 2x4's should be jammed between the floor and the ceiling of the cabin. You can then hang your soaked coat on the handle of the clamp. What now seems pretty obvious to you probably wasn't only a few seconds ago. The reason is that we are often blinded to new, creative uses for common objects by something called functional fixedness, a mental set in which we think only of the traditional use of objects. In this example, you probably thought of building something out of the lumber using the tools instead of making a pole out of the objects available.What now seems pretty obvious to you probably wasn't only a few seconds ago. The reason is that we are often blinded to new, creative uses for common objects by something called functional fixedness, a mental set in which we think only of the traditional use of objects. In this example, you probably thought of building something out of the lumber using the tools instead of making a pole out of the objects available.

12 #1 Reason to Just do it! Q W E R T YU I O P

13 DNA and the Millennial “ Knowledge is created by the learner, not given by the teacher ” unknown ( Sesame Street and the 20 minute rule !) 6vyR9o 6vyR9o

14 Cerebral Laterality Why is your brain like a pizza? Right Brain / Left Brain Preference Testing….testing…….. Testing….testing……..

15 Key Functions of Left and Right Hemisphere Left: parsing Successive or sequential Logical expression Focal perception Analytical Aggressive Sense of time Literal Linguistic/symbolic Verbal intelligence Mathematical calculation Conscious thought Logical analysis Outer awareness Use of language Methods, rules Right: holistic Simultaneous Gestalt expression Synthetic Passive Present-mindedness Metaphorical Configurational Practical intelligence Recognition of patterns Subconscious thought Emotional reaction Inner awareness Use of intuition Creativity

16 Sensation and Perception – Connecting to Memory SensationSensation VisionVision PerceptionPerception HearingHearing Taste and SmellTaste and Smell

17 “We do not see the world as it is, we see it as we are” unknown Sensation The process through which the senses pick up visual, auditory and other sensory stimuli and transmit them to the brain Perception The process through which sensory information is actively organized and interpreted by the brain

18 What do we see? A cartoonist named W.E. Hill in 1915 first published this drawing. It's hard to see what it's supposed to be. Is it a drawing of a pretty young girl looking away from us? Or is it an older woman looking down at the floor?A cartoonist named W.E. Hill in 1915 first published this drawing. It's hard to see what it's supposed to be. Is it a drawing of a pretty young girl looking away from us? Or is it an older woman looking down at the floor? Well, it's both. The key is perception and what you expect to see.Well, it's both. The key is perception and what you expect to see. Here's a hint: The young girl's necklace is the older woman's mouth. The young girl's chin and jaw are the older woman's nose.Here's a hint: The young girl's necklace is the older woman's mouth. The young girl's chin and jaw are the older woman's nose.

19 Perception within context dyn/content/article/2007/04/04/AR htmlhttp://www.washingtonpost.com/wp- dyn/content/article/2007/04/04/AR htmlhttp://www.washingtonpost.com/wp- dyn/content/article/2007/04/04/AR htmlhttp://www.washingtonpost.com/wp- dyn/content/article/2007/04/04/AR html the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the best musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars. Two days before Joshua Bell sold out a theatre in Boston where the seats averaged $100the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the best musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars. Two days before Joshua Bell sold out a theatre in Boston where the seats averaged $100

20 Multiple Intelligences LinguisticLinguistic Logical / MathematicalLogical / Mathematical MusicalMusical SpatialSpatial NaturalisticNaturalistic Body / KinaestheticBody / Kinaesthetic InterpersonalInterpersonal IntrapersonalIntrapersonal

21 Storytelling Once upon a time….. dereweretreebears dereweretreebears 5 random objects…..make a story-the more outrageous, the better – so memory serves!

22 There’s more than one way to think! Divergent thinking is the intellectual ability to think of many, original, diverse and elaborate ideas Convergent thinking is the intellectual ability to logically evaluate, critique and choose the best idea from a selection of ideas

23 There’s more than one way to think Divergent Thinking GuidelinesDivergent Thinking Guidelines (Putting it all out there) (Putting it all out there) Defer JudgementDefer Judgement Combine and Build on Ideas Combine and Build on Ideas Seek wild ideasSeek wild ideas Go for quantity Go for quantity

24 Divergent Tools Mind mappingMind mapping BrainstormingBrainstorming Brain writingBrain writing Forced ConnectionsForced Connections Visual ConnectionsVisual Connections Ladder of AbstractionLadder of Abstraction ScamperScamper

25 Thinking Hats – De Bono (A Whack and a Kick) White hat – knowledge possessed as neededWhite hat – knowledge possessed as needed Blue – type of thinking being usedBlue – type of thinking being used Black – risks, drawbacks, criticismsBlack – risks, drawbacks, criticisms Green – opportunities, possibilities, alternativesGreen – opportunities, possibilities, alternatives Yellow – advantages, benefitsYellow – advantages, benefits Red – feelings, intuitionRed – feelings, intuition

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27 Using your whole brain…And adding on…. Using the “Creative No” = Yes And …. Humour - fun and in service (surprise, exaggeration, nuance, juxtaposition, reversal, release and timing hhhh tttt tttt pppp :::: //// //// wwww wwww wwww.... yyyy oooo uuuu tttt uuuu bbbb eeee.... cccc oooo mmmm //// wwww aaaa tttt cccc hhhh ???? vvvv ==== zzzz ssss eeee 4444 LLLL JJJJ KKKK 8888 OOOO ZZZZ 0000It’s Inspirational!!!!! A love letter?

28 Convergent Thinking (Pulling it all together) Be Deliberate Check your Objectives Improve your Ideas Be Affirmative

29 Convergent Tools (Putting it together) Card SortCard Sort Evaluation MatrixEvaluation Matrix HighlightingHighlighting Pluses / Potentials / ConcernsPluses / Potentials / Concerns PowerPower Let’s ThinkLet’s Think

30 TIPS AND TECHNIQUES Expect the unexpected and be prepared to be different – it ’ s all about perspective!Expect the unexpected and be prepared to be different – it ’ s all about perspective! Use music, auditory and visual stimulationUse music, auditory and visual stimulation Don ’ t forget to doodle!Don ’ t forget to doodle! Always diverge before converging and do so at every step!Always diverge before converging and do so at every step! Use StorytellingUse Storytelling Just keep being curiousJust keep being curious Turn it upside down, inside out and backwardsTurn it upside down, inside out and backwards

31 More…. The classroom is the best place to fail – for students, too!The classroom is the best place to fail – for students, too! Use something different : YouTube -Use blogging as a summary technique - Use invoicing for marksUse something different : YouTube -Use blogging as a summary technique - Use invoicing for marks If it’s not the right answer, change the question – the answer changes automaticallyIf it’s not the right answer, change the question – the answer changes automatically Jeopardy or circle discovery for ReviewJeopardy or circle discovery for Review Soft and Hard Thinking Got a hunch? Use a metaphor …..Soft and Hard Thinking Got a hunch? Use a metaphor ….. Create or Recreate a game … You ’ ll regret being boring more …Create or Recreate a game … You ’ ll regret being boring more … you ’ re right, trust yourself! Do a little bit at a time – you ’ re in charge!you ’ re right, trust yourself! Do a little bit at a time – you ’ re in charge!

32 Go forth…foster! Enjoy! Create!Enjoy! Create! Use your resources, ask and don’t be afraid to fail!Use your resources, ask and don’t be afraid to fail! Thanks for being here - I’m always happy to help


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