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Creative Thinking Challenge #4


In the “Grow Creativity!” article, Candace Hackett Shively shares four aspects of creativity: fluency, flexibility, originality, and elaboration. This article had me hooked from the beginning:

The world needs creative thinkers, scientists, engineers, leaders, and contributing workers. yet research repeatedly shows creativity is schooled out of us. 

The Creative Thinking Challenge prompts focus on areas in all of these aspects and use ideas inspired by many different sources.

I would love for you to participate …

  • even if you don’t think you are very creative
  • the point of these prompts is to get the creative juices flowing 
  • even if that only means letting small ideas begin to trickle out

 I find that I get lots of new ideas from looking at the things others have done … and I bet we all interpret the prompts in unique ways.

The best part is that you get to choose how you want to respond to this prompt. And there is no deadline. The next prompt will post on the 15th of the month.

(I post past prompts on the Creative Thinking tab at the top of my blog)

Creative Thinking Challenge Prompt: Create with Words!

Words, Words, Words ….

Can you create with words?

Sure you can …. and you may not even know that you can!

  • You can create with words by composing a description that paints a picture in the mind of the reader
  • You can create with words by brainstorming a list of releated (or even unrelated) words
  • You can create with words by starting an Art Journal
  • You can create with words by constructing a word cloud. If you want to create one digitally, you have many options of sites to use (see Wordle and other Word Cloud Creators). You could also create one by just writing words in various colors and sizes on a paper!
  • You can create with words by using words as the lines and colors for your representation of an object (example … draw a fence by writing the word fence vertically over and over again to symbolize the boards in a fence)
  • You can create with words by adding words (random or focused) to an photograph using editing software or site like picmonkey or picasa.

Although I listed several ideas, I really want to see what we all can create …

I might do this one more than once ….

Go Create with Words!

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    Hello there, That's a really good post. Have you thought of wireless communication for PLCs?

Reader Comments (4)

So funny! Over the week end I figured out what activity I wanted to start my Arts Int PLC with and it involves...WORD art! My plan (for tomorrow night) is to have us create a vision for our work through the initial brainstorm in words. We will create a community piece of art in words on a large piece of oak tag and then each take a piece of it to fold into a vision folder for the year. (Did that make sense?) Anyway, I'll have to let you know how it comes out. I was excited when the idea came to me and now I'm super motivated to try it out now that I've read your post! :-)

October 15, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter@eliza_peterson

Love that idea Elizabeth! Hmmm .... I wonder if we could do some type of collaborative word art project! I can't wait to hear how your project turns out!

October 15, 2012 | Registered CommenterMelissa Edwards

Love this idea! I'm one of those people for whom creativity has been schooled out. I can write research style papers with much more ease than I can a short story or poem. As a teacher now, I love to be able to foster creativity in my students. Just yesterday we had writing workshop for our 1st graders... and one of the kids (who doesn't always like to write) sat with me at a small table instead of at his desk. We had a picture prompt to get us thinking, and he started coming up with ideas... and finally together we name the old man in the picture "old man boxer" it was hilarious to a first grader. Anyways, he spun this wildly creative story from this picture and a name. It was such a joy to see him create.
Stopping by from SITS today (stopped by yesterday from FMF). Hope you're having a great weekend!

October 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJolene

Love your story about the first grader creating! Many times I used images and brainstorming out loud or even talking through a story with students and it was amazing to see what was created versus what came from just a blank piece of paper. One of the things I found that really worked for some students was for them to draw a picture before writing the story instead of writing the story first and then drawing a picture. Several students said they were able to use that drawing time as a way to plan out the details for the story as well.
It is great that we have so many ways for us to connect!

October 20, 2012 | Registered CommenterMelissa Edwards

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