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CREATIVITY

Is there more to creativity than the Arts? Discover a wider and deeper definition of creativity and how this can be applied to teaching and learning. Download resources for a creative curriculum and a creative classroom.
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KEY IDEAS ABOUT CREATIVITY

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KEY IDEAS ABOUT CREATIVITY An Article introducing Creativity.

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Categories: Article, Creativity, Other Subject, Educators

Tags: Creative Curriculum Creativity Creative Thinking

Creativity in learning is far more than painting keywords, dancing times tables or role playing the periodic table. These are potentially effective activities but creativity in learning goes much further: creative thinking, creative problem solving, building a creative learning environment and the nurturing of a creative learning community. And all this is founded on an expanded definition of creativity itself:

Creativity is the process of making something of value that hasn't been made before - be it a painting, an idea, a solution, a relationship or a new dance move. It is a set of beliefs and attitudes as much as it is a toolbox of skills and knowledge.A creative outlook leads naturally to high quality classroom activities carried out by creative learners.

Photo of Example of Creative Teamwork

Here's a great example of creative teamwork.

Each person in a group of 6 reads a different article and summarises it in a space around the outside.

Then, in turn, they teach each other what they've just read and noted down.

When everyone's had a turn they respond by writing in the doughnut.

Finally, the group summarises their learning in the centre. They have created new, valuable learning.



12 principles of creativity are:

  • A belief that creative potential is inside everyone and can be found everywhere
  • A belief that creativity can change things and improve things
  • A belief that mistakes are to be celebrated, learned from and used
  • A belief that creativity can be a natural response to pain, suffering and boredom
  • An attitude of positivity towards surprising and unexpected events
  • An attitude of openness to new ideas and experiences when they appear
  • An attitude of ‘smart risk-taking’
  • An attitude of non-judgement
  • An ability to actively seek out new ideas and experiences
  • An ability to see familiar things in new and different ways
  • An ability to use both analytic and holistic thinking
  • An ability to make, think or do things that haven’t been made, thought or done before

Creativity exists beyond the arts. It's a set of beliefs, attitudes and abilities that manifest in all subjects, all classes and in the minds of all pupils. If you allow it to.


Books CREATIVE TRAINING

Many people tell me that they are not creative. In my training I'm often pleased to be able to prove them wrong - children and adults alike. Blocks to creativity are usually ghosts from the past: words from our teachers and parents, "you can't draw", "you'll never sing like your sister". These are easily silenced when we expand our definition of creativity beyond the creative arts and then learn simple methods to kick-start creative thinking.

The creative curriculum is a great opportunity to let your ideas run free to design learning that's right for your pupils. And if you get them involved in the process you'll banish their ghosts before they begin to swirl into existence.

For more information about training on Creativity for your school please Make an Enquiry or visit the Training Page.

Thinking Classroom featured Creativity Resources

The Anythink Machine

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The Anythink Machine A very popular Thinking Skills Tool allowing children huge scope to make up new ideas, experiment, and generally play around with their world.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Creative Thinking, Creativity, Any Subject, Early Years, Infant, Junior

Tags: Creativity
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Loom Thinking

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Loom Thinking A hands on Thinking Skills Tool to help pupils clarify their subject knowledge then weave it into new combinations.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Creative Thinking, Creativity, Any Subject, DT, Junior

Tags: Active Learning
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Alfred's Gift

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Alfreds Gift A Thinking Story with activities from "Surprising Stories to Stimulate Creativity" in which Alfred the Snow Angel finds himself banished to Earth and trying to find a place to stay. Addresses creativity and problem solving.

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Categories: Story, Creativity, Other Subject, Infant, Junior

Tags: Snow Angels Christmas Story

Creative Curriculum Snapshot Audit

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Creative Curriculum Snapshot Audit A Curriculum Planning Tool that prompts you to think about all aspects of creativity in school. An effective way to celebrate what you're doing and to plan developments.

Categories: Other Resources, Creativity, Curriculum, Other Subject, Educators

Tags: Creative Curriculum Leadership Planning
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Surprising Stories to Stimulate Creativity
by Mike Fleetham

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Surprising Stories to Stimulate Creativity<br> by Mike Fleetham The follow-on Book to Thinking Stories. 28 original tales with currciulum-linked activities for Primary and Lower Secondary. Literacy, Thinking Skills and Creativity are combined within engaging stories and tasks saving you planning time and ensuring rich curriculum coverage. Ideal for supporting a creative curriculum. Photocopiable worksheets included.  

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Categories: Book & EBook, Creativity, English, Junior, Secondary

Tags: Assemblies Thinking Skills Creativity Creative Curriculum Thinking Stories

Dot Line Thinking

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Dot Line Thinking A simple, visual Thinking Skills Tool for creative thinking: Simple can turn out to be complex. Is a dot a dot or is it an ant’s football? Is a line a line or is it an unfinished arrow? 

Categories: Thinking Tool, Creative Thinking, Creativity, Art, Junior, Secondary

Tags: Doodling
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Books featured Creativity Books

Thinkertoys
by Michael Michalko

Thinkertoys <br> by Michael Michalko Tried and tested creative thinking and problem solving techniques. Includes case studies of successful use. The ideas can be applied in class to raise engagement and interest.

Available from Amazon

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Categories: Suggested Books, Creativity

Tags: Problem Solving

How to Have Creative Ideas
by Edward de Bono

How to Have Creative Ideas <br> by Edward de Bono 62 exercises to develop the mind. Simple but powerful ideas for creative thinking and problem solving. Easily applied to classroom learning and CPD activities.

Available from Amazon

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Categories: Suggested Books, Creativity

Tags: Problem Solving

Storyworld Cards - Quests & Adventures

Storyworld Cards - Quests & Adventures Beautifully illustrated prompts cards that combine into a huge number of high quality tales. Great for speaking and listening, imaginative thinking and preparation for writing and sequencing.

Available from Amazon

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Categories: Suggested Products, Creativity, Suggested Books

Tags: Literacy Speaking and Listening Writing

Thinking Classroom featured Creativity Web Links

BBC Radio Shows on Creativity

BBC Radio Shows on Creativity 3 programmes from BBC Radio: history, enhancement and application of creativity.

bbc.co.uk/radio4/science/creativegenius.shtml

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Categories: Websites, Creativity

Tags: Audio

Create Cartoons for Learning

Create Cartoons for Learning Create 3-frame cartoon learning summaries.

www.stripcreator.com/make.php

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Categories: Websites, ICT, Creativity

Tags: Activity Visual Thinking

Design Custom Activities

Design Custom Activities Design your own classroom animated Learning Tools.

classtools.net

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Categories: Websites, Creativity

Tags: Activity

Interactive Thinking Games

Interactive Thinking Games Interesting and engaging high order thinking experiences.

serendip.brynmawr.edu/bb/

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Categories: Websites, Creativity, Gifted, Able & Talented

Tags: Activity

The Royal Society of Arts

The Royal Society of Arts The Royal Society of Arts finds practical solutions to today’s social challenges with the aim of enhancing human capability. From this page you can download its latest studies and reports around educational access, engagement and innovation.

thersa.org/learning-cognition-creativity/education

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Categories: Websites, Professional Development, Creativity

Tags: Innovation

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