Finding yourCreative SelfApplied Drama Conference Buenos Aires Players February 2011Susan Hillyard B.Ed. (Hons)
Nonsense or Creativity?It was midnight in November,One October last July.The moon was shining brightlyAnd the sun was in the sky.The flowers were gently singingAnd the birds were in full bloom,When I went up to the cellarTo sweep the attic room
Box ProblemWithout taking your pen off the paper join the dotsby using only 4 straight lines without going overany dot twice.
Handouts Exercise 1What is Creativity? Ref: Fisher and de Bono
Right Brain InputAnalysis SynthesisL RLanguage FormMath formula PatternLogic SpatialNumbers RhythmSequence MusicLinearity ImagesAnalysis ImaginationWords of songs Daydreaming Dimension Tune of a song PART WHOLE
Who is Creative?Make a list of famous people who you think are creative. Stand up and tell everybody!
I remember……..Remember when you were really young, sayfour or five, and write a list of the things you used to play at. Read your list to yourself and put a C next to any items you see as being creative.
DefinitionsThe definition of creativity used here is‘imaginative activity fashioned so as to produce outcomes that are both original and of value’ (NACCCE 1999: 30).It usually entails taking an existing concept and synthesising it with other concepts. This, in turn, is followed by an emergent process for creativity which can be considered as the ability to think of something new by extending conceptual boundaries. The term for this in cognitive psychology is ‘creative conceptual expansion’.
Creativity in its higher manifestation is the unique ability of individuals and the undiscovered mystery of the brain. However, if we define creativity as the ability of the individual to generate ‘novel unusual ideas, to avoid stereotypic schemes in thinking, and to rapidly resolve problem situations’ … then it is reasonable to think that manifestations are encountered more frequently.(Bekhtereva et al. 2001: 390)
Recent Evidence (2009) Creativity and innovation have been a key focus ofattention across the globe in recent years. This is partly due to the need to further develop human capital. Human capital includes those competences such asinnovation and possessing knowledge which contribute to economic performance and social cohesion.Innovation and knowledge have been recognised as the driving forces for sustainable growth in the framework of the Lisbon strategy for the future of Europe. Creativity is central to innovation. (EC 2009)
Compendium Part OneMultilingualism and Creativity: Towards an Evidence-basePublic Services Contract n° EACEA/2007/3995/216 July 2009www.europublic.com
Say “I CAN” not “I can’t”• related to I.Q.• only found in some subjects• unrelated to critical thinking• the opposite to logical thinking• only for the few who were born with it• unrealistic and impractical• a waste of valuable time
Learn to be Creative! Fluency Flexibility (think of lots of…) (alter your approach to…) Originality Elaboration(think of something rare, (add to… draw, model) mad, new, visualize)
“How to Think like Leonardo DaVinci” Curiosity A willingness to learn Refinement of sensations A willingness to embrace ambiguity Whole brain thinking The cultivation of grace Systems thinking Gelb, M.J. (1999) How to Think like Leonardo DaVinci, USA, Dell.
Rodger Von Oech“A Kick in the Seat of the Pants” The explorer The artist The judge The warrior
Julia Cameron - “The Artists Way” recovering a sense of safety identity power integrity possibility abundance connection strength compassion self protection autonomy faith
Finding a Model Dilts Fisher Stimulus: Constant questioning, problems, challengesThe Dreamer:The visionary, sees the Exploration:whole, believes anything is Divergent thinking,possible deferring judgement, extending effort, time for incubation , playThe Realist:Plans and acts, takes steps, Planning:keeps goal in focus, action defining the task, gatheringorientated information, making thinking VISIBLEThe Critic: Activity:Logical, anticipates Realizing the productproblems, looks forinadequacies. Review: Evaluation, assessment suggestions
Csikszentmihalyi in “Finding Flow. The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life” We are out of touch with our emotional lives We bounce between stress in our work lives due to pressure and Boredom in our leisure time where we feel we have to “relax” but where we do not challenge ourselves sufficiently to engage with real life.
Strategies by Michael Michalko Destroy your FUDS Make Affirmations: Self and Creative Set an Idea quota/mind workout Getting tone/pay detailed attention Dukes of Habit/ get out of the rut Feed your head Do a content analysis/talk to the young Make a brainbank/journal/idea log Capture Idea Birds/write your dreams Make Lists
Find the word Find a well known English word by removing six letters SBXREATNTSAENLIADo it in Spanish and try it out on your friends and family.
Brainstorm and think of as manyways to use a pin, a scarf, a pen
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What’s the Missing Digit?Find the missing digit from this sequence. 5, 8, 2, 1, ?, 3, 8 ( Can you do it in Spanish? )
Coin PuzzleMove only one coin so there are 4 coins vertically and horizontally.
More Hidden Meanings Explain the meaning of each box. GIs M E ccc A LTIJUSTME HOUR GROUNDMAC FT FT FT FT FT FT
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How Many?Are you good at counting?If so how many triangles are there in this figure?Count them all.
Child to Teacher by Trevor Dickinson HMIThere is no hand My flowers, however wild,In all the world like mine, Irregular their hues,No fingers move in time Must be my flowers, my choice,To mine, Not yours. My goats may haveOr weave the things I weave, Three horns, or none at all.No voice can sing my song, The clay I pinch, and pull,No eyes can see the shapes And mould, and glaze and fire,I see in wood, or clay, Needs to be bright with meOr stone. My miracle And all that’s mine, not youIs me. And yours. I need to know What you can richly teach. You need to know and keep The eachness of us each.