ASB Unplugged, Mumbai, India – Creativity Workshop II

| February 25, 2012 | 8 Comments 

Another joyous session at ASB Unplugged, Mumbai, India. Our workshops have been titled Creativity.

Thank you all for a joyous morning, full of shared laughter and learning… and that to-be-considered C word.

What does “creativity” actually mean? Suggestions included ‘you think of solutions out of the ordinary’, ‘to do ordinary in a different way from the usual’, ‘knowing what to do when you don’t know what to do’.

The Wikipedia reference to Creativity, includes the folowing thoughts:

Creativity refers to the phenomenon whereby a person creates something new (a product, a solution, a work of art, a novel, a joke, etc.) that has some kind of value. What counts as “new” may be in reference to the individual creator, or to the society or domain within which the novelty occurs. What counts as “valuable” is similarly defined in a variety of ways.

Scholarly interest in creativity ranges widely: Topics to which it is relevant include the relationship between creativity and general intelligence; the mental and neurological processes associated with creative activity; the relationship between personality type and creative ability; the relationship between creativity and mental health; the potential for fostering creativity through education and training, especially as augmented by technology; and the application of an individual’s existing creative resources to improve the effectiveness of learning processes and of the teaching processes tailored to them.

The Creativity debate. Can you? Can’t you? Do you? Is there such a thing? What are its values?

Creativity is allowing oneself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
— The Dilbert Principle

Creativity belongs to the artist in each of us. To create means to relate. The root meaning of the word art is “to fit together” and we all do this every day. Not all of us are painters but we are all artists. Each time we fit things together we are creating -whether it is to make a loaf of bread, a child, a day.”
– Corita Kent

To create one’s own world in any of the arts takes courage.
– Georgia O’keeffe

Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction.
– Pablo Picasso

SO…. what does creativity mean to you?

Wherever, however, whoever, whenever you are… we would value a comment on this. Be… um… creative! 😀

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  1. Melinda says:

    Tim and Sarah,
    Thanks for blowing my mind away! What an inspiration. Lessons learned:
    It’s all about connectivity, language development, and inspiration.
    Creativity: Figuring out ways to solve problems when you don’t know how to solve problems. Awesome.

  2. Nabiha khan says:

    Loved your workshop on creativity, got soo many great ideas which definitely I am going to make use of…in taking the creative person out of my students….. Keep up the good work both of you

  3. Abena says:

    Utterly inspirational. Takes the idea of Creativity and makes it a universe of possibilities for the classroom. Brilliant stuff Tim!

  4. Kevin says:

    Some truly amazing suggestions on ways to get kids to write using fabulous student-centered techniques and exciting tools. I have a bit of homework now going through many of these tools that I haven’t scratched the surface on.


  5. Barbara Bashour says:

    The Creativity presentation was the highlight of ASB Unplugged for me!
    Thanks so much. Several of us from the Middle East have talked about having you come to our area — Beirut, Ammman, and a neighbor–all of us eager to have you come and speak to our teachers.

  6. Sarah says:

    Thank you so much for Barbara and good to meet you briefly today.
    We would love to come and work alongside you all
    Don’t wait too long
    Tim and Sarah

  7. Jen says:

    I came to your workshop with a colleague. I teach grade 12 and she teaches grade 1. We both left enthused, inspired and with activities we want to try on Monday morning as well as things to experiment in the long term. Wow!

    Thank you so much for sharing your passion and enthusiasm.


  8. Tim says:

    Thank you for this Jen
    We hope that our sessions cover ages and abilities so this is lovely feedback
    Have fun with your experiments.
    Keep in touch

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