CREATIVITY OR BUST 2012 KAREN DANIELS, CONTACT: KAREN@KARENDANIELS.COM Official website: karendaniels.com Gifted resource website: giftedresource.com Creativity/writing blog: zencopy.com Follow my Creativity/Writing Blog zencopy on
TRAPPED! You are trapped in a room with two doors. One leads to certain disaster and the other leads to freedom. You dont know which is which. There are two robots guarding the doors. They will let you choose one door, but upon doing so you must go through it. You can, however, ask one robot one question. The problem is that one robot always tells the truth, the other always lies, and you dont know which is which. What is the question you ask? This is an example of a Lateral Thinking Puzzle—a way of forcing you to think creatively.
TODAY What is Creativity to you? Can Creativity be taught? Creativity is a process Lateral thinking question 2 Where did your creativity go? How is your creativity limited? How do you believe society squashes creativity Lateral thinking question 3 Creative listing Crayon activity 3 Links for Creativity Freebies Lateral thinking answers About Karen and her books
WHAT IS CREATIVITY TO YOU?• How do you define creativity?• Do you want to be more creative?• Do you think creativity can be taught?
CAN CREATIVITY BE TAUGHT?We need our creative and critical thinkingskills to maximize opportunities andsolutions in life. But many people wonder, iscreativity really that important? Should youbother teaching creativity? Can it even betaught?
CREATIVITY IS A PROCESS• To teach or learn creativity most effectively, one must emphasize a process, not the “correctness” or “incorrectness” of an end product.• Creativity involves preparation and persistence.• To teach or learn creativity most effectively, participants need to feel free to express themselves as they desire.• We need to find our way back to teaching and learning about creative processes, tools, and skills as a way of maximizing personal talent.
LATERAL THINKING QUESTION 2 A woman has incontrovertible proof in court that her husband was murdered by her sister. The judge declares, "This is the strangest case Ive ever seen. Though its a cut-and-dried case, this woman cannot be punished.”
WHERE DID YOUR CREATIVITY GO? Use it, or lose it. Guess what, if you’ve gone a long time without consciously using your creativity, it’s harder to tap into. Look at your children – they are creative all the time. So what happens to adults? Where does our creativity go? Creativity gets blocked by fear. Fear of being different, of being laughed at, of standing out of “Standing for Something.” (Seth Godin)
HOW IS YOUR PERSONAL CREATIVITY LIMITED?How do each of the following areas limit your creativity? •Habits •Rules •Perceptions •Emotions •Culture •Gender
HOW DO YOU BELIEVE SOCIETY SQUASHES CREATIVITYList the ways you can think of that society squashes creativity, for example: It’s uncomfortable to be different Fear of… Continue this list
LATERAL THINKING QUESTION 3 There are six eggs in the basket. Six people each take one egg. How can it be that one egg is left in the basket?
CREATIVE LISTINGCreative listing is a fun and easy way to expand creativity. List: things you can hear right now things that crumble in your hands things that reflect things that sparkle under the evening sky things that live in shadows things that harmonize things you wish had that are blue morning things nonsense things that rhyme with juice things that are awesome about you
CRAYON ACTIVITY Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. Being hit with the creative bug is just a wee voice telling you, “I’d like my crayons back please.”from Ignore Everybody and 39 Other Keys to Creativity by Hugh MacLeod We never know which crayon activity we’re going to do, until we do it!
3 LINKS FOR AWESOME CREATIVITY FREEBIES How to be Creative by Hugh MacLeodhttp://changethis.com/manifesto/6.HowToBeCreative/pdf/6.HowToBeCreative.pdf Your Creativity by Karen Danielshttp://zencopy.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/ZenCreativityEBook1.pdf Creativity Matters by Amanda Morganhttp://notjustcute.com/2011/05/23/creativity-matters-free-ebook/
About Karen Daniels firstname.lastname@example.org Amazon.com Top 10 bestselling author (see books atkarendaniels.com)o M.A. in Educational Psychology/Gifted Educationo Mother of 3 gifted childreno Managing editor of Gifted Education Communicator, CAGquarterly publicationo Karen’s site www.giftedresource.com is dedicated toproviding resources for parenting and educating gifted kids aswell as living giftedo Founder of http://zencopy.com a blog which focuses oncreativity and writing Do you need help with your gifted site or publication? Put Karen’s expertise to use for you!Distribution of this material: any or all of this material may be distributed freely for educational purposes. The author would appreciate notification and links.
KAREN’S BOOKS, WEBSITES & BLOGSCreativity Books Fiction Your Creativity: From Ordinary to Science Fiction/Adventure The Zaddack Tales Extraordinary Dancing Suns, Book 1 https://www.createspace.com/3616570 https://www.createspace.com/3589033 Mindful Creativity Mentor’s Lair, Book 2 https://www.createspace.com/3723368 https://www.createspace.com/3590395 Mindspark, Book 3Women’s Stories, Self Help and Inspiration https://www.createspace.com/3590430 IVF: The Ultimate Realty Game https://www.createspace.com/3516461 Complete Zaddack Tales Trilogy http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0050KEEES Surviving In-Vitro Fertilization https://www.createspace.com/3644938 The Baby About to be Born https://www.createspace.com/3586347