Gifted Resource - Creativity or Bust


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Gifted Resource - Creativity or Bust

  1. 1. Gifted ResourceCreativity or Bust! by Karen Daniels Official website: karendaniels.comGifted resource website: Creativity/writing blog:
  2. 2. 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.
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4. What is Creativity to You?• How do you define creativity?• Do you want to be more creative?
  5. 5. Creative ThinkingWe need our creative and critical thinking skills tomaximize opportunities and solutions in life. Butmany people wonder, is creativity really thatimportant?
  6. 6. Creativity is a process• To learn creativity most effectively, one must emphasize a process, not the “correctness” or “incorrectness” of an end product.• Creativity involves preparation and persistence.• You need to feel free to express yourself as desired.• We need to find our way back to teaching and learning about creative processes, tools, and skills as a way of maximizing personal talent.
  7. 7. 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.”
  8. 8. 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)
  9. 9. How is Your Personal Creativity Limited?How do each of the following areas limit your creativity? •Habits •Rules •Perceptions •Emotions •Culture •Gender
  10. 10. 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
  11. 11. 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?
  12. 12. 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
  13. 13. 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!
  14. 14. 3 Links for Awesome Creativity Freebies• How to be Creative by Hugh MacLeod• Your Creativity by Karen Daniels• Creativity Matters by Amanda Morgan
  15. 15. Lateral Thinking Puzzle Answers1. Ask one robot what the other one would say. (Still confused? Think on it)2. The woman is a Siamese twin3. The last person takes the basket with them
  16. 16. About Karen Daniels karen@karendaniels.como Top 10 bestselling author (see books M.A. in Educational Psychology/Gifted Educationo Mother of 3 gifted childreno Managing editor of Gifted Education Communicator, CAGquarterly publicationo Karen’s site is dedicated to providingresources for gifted adults and parents of gifted childreno Founder of a blog which focuses on creativityand writingDistribution of this material: any or all of this material may be distributed freely for educational purposes. The author would appreciate notification and links.
  17. 17. Karen’s books, websites & blogsCreativity Books Fiction• Your Creativity: From Ordinary to Extraordinary Science Fiction/Adventure The Zaddack Tales • Dancing Suns, Book 1• Mindful Creativity • Mentor’s Lair, Book 2’s Stories, Self Help and Inspiration • Mindspark, Book 3• IVF: The Ultimate Realty Game • Complete Zaddack Tales Trilogy• Surviving In-Vitro Fertilization• The Baby About to be Born