The Stanford Creativity: Music to my Ears online class has me thinking a lot about creativity. One big take-away is that creativity is something that takes practice. When someone says, “I’m just not creative” it means that they have not practiced being creative enough to feel confident about it.
When this describes whole organization it’s truly a problem. In an article titled Working Creativity, by Mark Batey a case is made for creativity at the heart of the skill sets needed for the future.
As a teacher creativity is a skill that I try to bring out in my students. One strategy that has really made a difference for me is the use of interactive notebooks. Right now students are using them to write research papers and I am really excited about how well they keep everyone focused and moving along. I’ve designated each page of the notebook to be one baby step in the process and tried to encourage students to both be creative and to follow directions.
I’ll be posting photos from our unit, but first I thought I would share a few resources that I’ve been stalking for inspiration…
Dawn Miller at IBTEACHINU Language Arts
Randy Seldomridge at The Middle School Mouth
Katie at Following my Heart to First Grade
If you have others website to suggest or ideas for how to develop creativity through interactive notebooks I’d love to hear about them – please pass them on!