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How to Crank up Your Creativity

December 11, 2010

Creativity, Imagination, Innovation

I have received many emails recently that include at least one of these words: creativity, imagination, innovation. They are being used in articles, the titles and themes for conferences, and researchers are looking closely at the benefits and importance of them. I wonder if these are part of the present buzz words only or if they are here to stay?! Are others learning what many arts educators have known for years? CEO’s and university leaders are toting that creative and critical thinkers are absolutely necessary in selecting employees and students. The revised Bloom’s taxonomy (2001) has create at the top of the pyramid.

Jim Small has been teaching creativity at Madison Area Memorial High School in Madision, ME for many years. Creativity is a major portion of the curriculum for his Intro to Visual Arts course and he measures the learning of it effectively. He has written articles, given presentations and you can hear him reading one of his articles on iTunesU podcasts under Visual and Performing Arts at the Maine Department of Education segment. In the podcast he states: “verbally and visually everyone can become a more creative thinker – children start out that way…”. His advance classes reach inventiveness and innovation.

The Maine Learning Results Parameters for Essential Instruction Visual and Performing Arts Standard 3 is Creative Problem Solving. I have looked at several other state arts standards and haven’t seen Creativity stated separately.

Ken Robinson has addressed creativity and has even gone as far to say that the present school system kills creativity and recently in a podcast talks about the assessment of creativity.

Recently a friend sent me an article called How to Crank up Your Creativity published on wikiHow. The article includes exactly what the title says. Not sure why they refer to the 11 steps as a method, seems a bit odd when referring to creativity. However I can understand why many adults would look closely at this, especially those who don’t think of themselves as creative.

The “steps” are listed below and I urge you to go to the link and read the  3 or more sentences under each step that expands on the title. There is a short video called How to Stimulate the Creative Process which talks about basic ideas on healthy living including sleep. Yup, the writer refers to how sleep  helps to boost creativity and problem solving abilities.

Anyway, the “steps” below are the content of the article that you will find in detail in the article. It would be great to hear what YOU have to say by clicking on “comment” below the post.

  1. Accept that you are creative.
  2. Change your perspective.
  3. Shift your mental landscape.
  4. Embrace your imagination.
  5. Play with abandon.
  6. Engross yourself in the artistic process.
  7. Find your comfort spot.
  8. Allot time.
  9. Soak up solitude.
  10. Revel in connection.
  11. Keep it simple.

Thank you to Carol for sending me the link to the article.

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