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Entries in thinking (30)

Sunday
Dec012013

Creative Thinking Prompt #29

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 at the beginning and middle of each month (most of the time)!

(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: Traditions with a Twist

Traditions are a common theme around this time of year …

At least they are for me

Why does Creative Thinking come to mind when I think of Traditions?

What do you think of when you think about traditions?

I guess a tradition is something that happens at the same time of year (normally around a holiday) …

But even though it happens on a regular basis, it doesn’t always have to be the same ..

Growing up, I remember the family gathering at my grandparent’s house on Christmas Eve afer we attended the Moravian Lovefeast. We brought food and just snacked while we talked and the kids opened gifts.

The Christmas after my grandfather passed away, I don’t think my grandmother wanted to do the same thing. My dad was in the hospital that Christmas awaiting surgery the day after Christmas. In all the chaos that was happening around me, I felt like I needed some normal … some tradition.

I decided to open up my house for Christmas Even the next year for the family … it was still that tradition but only in a new way.

I normally (I guess traditionally) fix mashed potatoes when family comes over for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Even though I fix the same thing, I like to try making it in different ways …

One year I used my Pampered Chef Deep Covered Baker in the microwave (I call it the Magic Pot) and added a bit of cauliflower using the Hungry Girl recipe (which is soooo not me) …

This year I looked at a Pioneer Woman recipe and used the ingredients she listed, but when I tried to follow the recipe exactly, I found that I did not have a potato masher handy, so I changed up the steps to make it work for what I had …

In some ways that could be seen as tradition but in a new/slightly altered way …

I love Christmas decorations …

And I have lots and lots …

Decorating the tree and trying to make it look just right has been somewhat of a tradition for me …

This year my 7 year old daughter was so excited about the tree and the decorations that I decided to let her do it all …

I said that last year too but I went back and rearranged things a little after she went to bed …

I sat and watched this year with a promise to myself that I will not go behind her and change it …

I think it is a reflection of my daughter and her excitement …

There is another new tradition or a tradition with a new twist …

So that is the Creative Thinking Challenge ..

Do a tradition with a twist …

Start a new tradition …

Tuesday
Oct012013

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!

 

Tuesday
Jul022013

So What Do You Think?

Watch this ….

So what do you think?

My first impression: “Wow, look at all those tools they are using!”

Then the teacher/instructional technologist in me reminded me that IT IS NOT ABOUT THE TOOLS …

It is about what we do with the tools …

It is about what the tools allow us to do …

So I watched the video again …

And I realized the focus is not on the tools …

The focus is on what we/they can do using a variety of things that just happen to tech tools …

Engagement …

Participation …

Involvement …

Critical Thinking ….

Creative Thinking …

So what do you think … 

So that makes me wonder if I always take the time to look a second or third time at situations to realize what is really going on ….

Or if I just go with my first impression ..

And what I think …

Instead of paying full attention …. 

Wednesday
Jun122013

What do Exercise, Noodle, and Summer have in common?

Yesterday was my daughter’s last day as a first grade student …

I have seen so many changes in her abilities and confidence level this year …

She told me that she is excited to go to second grade but she will miss her teacher from this year …

She loves seeing her teacher from the year before too!

There was a time this year when she got frustrated with reading and began just guessing words that began with the same first letter as the word …

She has a pretty large vocabulary, so she produced some interesting words …

Her teacher also recognized this and helped my little one develop strategies and build confidence …

The feelings of success led to even more success …

Now instead of asking for us to read her stories at night, she asks to read them to us!

You know that makes this mom/educator SMILE!

I have also noticed over the years that my daughter pays attention to everything …

What we say, do, read …

The bookcase in her room is overflowing!

I enjoy buying books and school bookfairs are a weakness of mine …

For her birthday in May, my daughter got several notebooks and journals …

She writes, writes, and writes …

And she is focused on getting the ideas out rather than making sure everything is spelled perfectly, so I get to see lots of inventive spelling …

But that shows that she is thinking about the words and really paying attention to the sounds she hears …

She is also a good little artist …

I know I am biased, but it is true!

So I want to find some ways for my daughter to keep these skills and her confidence up over the summer …

I found this last week: Nine Ways to Exercise Your Noodle This Summer

Love the ideas on that great infographic that I found on Kids Discover, where you can find free resources as well as things for parents, teachers, and kids.  

Just reading their mission makes me smile! (And it reminds me of Wonderopolis in many ways)

 

Our mission is to expose kids to all the wonders in the world—science, space, nature, history and culture—in one easy-to-understand, beautiful publication.  Our goal is to inspire kids, feed their natural curiosity, and instill a love of reading and learning in an environment filled with fun. We want to give them an all-important edge in school and in life.

There are lots of great infographics too!

I can’t wait to see what my daughter creates …

 

 

Thursday
Jun062013

Wondering About STEM Connections?

Let’s explore some ways you can use the different parts of Wonderopolis and how STEM fits in perfectly with it!

I used the information and quotes as well as images in this presentation to serve as conversation starters at the Cultivating Curiosity Conference in NYC this week.

*the quotes on the slides came from the EduTopia article linked on the second slide

**when facilitating the conversation, the words in white on the gray ribbon were not there but since that is what we talked about, I thought I would include it