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Creative Thinking Prompt #26

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. Prompts are posted on the 1st and 15th of each month!

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

If you have an idea for a Creative Thinking Prompt, please let me know!

Creative Thinking Prompt: A Smelly Photograph?!?!?!??

If I asked you to draw, take a picture of, or even write about something RED, you could do that …

Did you just think of a red object?

But what if you were asked to draw, take a picture of, or write about something not as concrete ….

Could you do it?

What would you do?

That is the challenge this time!

You can interpret this in any way you want ...

Go as far as you want …

Or stick close …

I got this idea from a page in Caffeine for the Creative Mind  called How Do You Photography Smelly …


If someone told you to grab a digital camera and shoot a picture of a pencil, you’d know exactly what to do, wouldn’t you? You’d find a pencil and photograph it.  Pretty straightforward.

But what if someone told you to take a picture of “bored.”

Now what do you shoot?

No, not yourself. 

You would have to first give “bored” a physical feature, then find something that represented that feature.

Your task is to do just that, but with a twist.

Choose one of the words below and take sixteen digital photographs that characterize that word:

  • flight
  • think
  • agressive
  • joy
  • successful
  • tedious
  • loud

Think of the personificaion of the word as well as the abstract concept of the meaning.


Hmmm …. I wonder which one I will choose from that list …

If you get inspired from this prompt, I would love to see what happens so let me know!



Why? Where? How? With Primary Sources

The title of this post was the title of the workshop I did this afternoon.

The plan was to have a shared discussion about what Primary Sources are, why to use them, where to find them, and how to use them in the classroom.

After we discussed what Primary Sources are and why to use them, I had this Symbaloo ready for them to explore the options. I shortened the url hoping that would make it a bit easier for them to get to … but for some reason, the url did not work!

So I quickly moved on to Plan B .. or C … or G or whatever would work!

Since many of the things I wanted to share were from the Library of Congress website … and is a short url, that is where we headed!

I was planning to share questions that could be used to help students explore and think critically about a Primary Source (found in the teacher section on My plan was to have participants find a Primary Source and then we would work through and discuss the questions related to that particular source.

While they were looking to find a Primary Source on the Library of Congress website, I needed to figure out a way to share the symbaloo with them!

I couldn’t use the same url shortner again …

The original url was too long for me to expect them to remember ….

Then I remembered that I could embed a symbaloo in another site ….

Now to decide where to embed it …

Why not put it on my blog?

That is what I did and it worked!

Hopefully my session began to answer the Why, Where, and How questions concerning Primary Sources …

I also had to answer the Why, Where, and How questions concerning sharing when plan A did not work …

Yay for problem solving and having options!