Creativity IS a Process!

Many things in school are taught as a process, with sequential steps that may or may not be linear, but can be branched, looping, repeating in sets, etc. The scientific method is a process with clearly defined steps, as is the writing process, both stressed in education.  Most American classrooms have posters and diagrams that illustrate these processes prominently displayed in a central, easy-to-find place. However, a totally essential process for the 21st Century Learner is frequently not displayed, or even taught, for that matter...CREATIVITY!

Many educators still believe the myth that creativity cannot be taught; you are either born with it or you are not. Up-to-date research on the brain and creativity proves that is not true!  So I am challenging all classroom teachers that are focusing on creative thought in their teaching to decide how to illustrate the process by which you create. Students AND many adults alike do much better in application and analysis situations with an illustration or concrete representation of a concept to refer to and to follow.  Please upload a picture in your comment or response. Great minds love to be stimulated by others' ideas!

For the past ten years I had yearly developed a display of what I thought the creative process was and displayed it in my room. Originally I had a linear display (partly because I had very limited cabinet door space to display it on), but primarily because that was how I saw it in my head. Only after researching, analyzing, and synthesizing other information from other teachers and sources did I start to change my visual idea of what the creative process looked like to me. Now I have a creative process that is multi-lobed, looped or circular, that can be displayed with both the writing process model and the scientific process. You can look in any search engine for graphics for the writing process or the scientific process that can be used generally for free.  Many school supply stores will have pre-printed, full-color posters for the writing process and the scientific process, but very rarely will you find the creative process.

 

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