What Makes Kids Creative? A Box or a Spaceship?

CJ Westerberg, May 30, 2013 5:59 PM


Just tell me what to do. 
I want to be right.

Terrific read from The Wall Street Journal, on the heels of the enormous coverage about this topic in various permutations - (see links below):

"When art teacher Kandy Dea recently assigned fourth-graders in her Walnut, Iowa, classroom to create a board game to play with a friend, she was shocked by one little boy's response: He froze.

While his classmates let their imaginations run wild making up colorful characters and fantasy worlds, the little boy said repeatedly, "I can't think of anything," Ms. Dea says. Although she reassured him that nothing he did would be judged "wrong," he tried to copy another student's game, then asked if he could make a work sheet instead. She finally gave him permission to make flash cards with right-and-wrong answers
. . "

Wow . . . check it out plus related posts from The Daily Riff:

The Creativity Crisis via Newsweek

How Creative are You? "The correlation to lifetime creative accomplishment was more than three times stronger for childhood creativity than childhood IQ."

The Creativity Initiative in Singapore by Bill Jackson

The Anti-Creativity Checklist Video

Charlie Rose:  The Creative Brain

Top Viral Video Pokes the Education System - Sir Ken Robinson Video

Changing the Education Paradigm - Video with Sir Ken Robinson

Above post Orig. Published The Daily Riff 12/10

  • CJ Westerberg

    Your points about providing the environment and level of trust is so true. How do you "teach" parents to stay away from idea generation when kids are often graded and "winners" celebrated? It's a vicious circle.

  • Jcbjr

    Not surprising to me at all. Frequently, good-intentioned parents and others provide the idea generation and more "to help their kids maximize their grades / awards." And of course that simply kills any creativity motivation / skills development. Youngsters from a very early age are incredibly curious and creative. Any observing grandparent such as I am can tell you of incredible creative situations where grandchildren accomplish and fill needs with phenomenal approaches.

    Just remember you can't teach or train students to be curious; what we all can do is provide an environment and level of trust for learners that enhances their probability of being creative. It is a messy and unpredictable process - but as noted previously young learners are naturally curious and creative to begin with.

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