Creativity

It’s that time in the semester when everything seems to flag: winter break is a distant memory and spring break still seems ages away.

Here’s a (not very creatively presented) list of some recent writing on the creative process, recapturing creativity, and using technology to unleash your own creativity. Enjoy! And let us know about the fruits of your creativity!

1. The Kaleidescope Mind: Some Easy Ways to Teach Creativity.  This recent-ish short article from the Atlantic got a fair amount of press when it came out. Who wouldn’t like a mind that is mind that is “agile, flexible, self-aware, and informed by a diversity of experiences  . . . [and] able to perceive any given situation from a multitude of perspectives at will — selecting from a rich repertoire of lenses or frameworks”?

2. Why Morning Routines are Creativity Killers. Of course, there’s still all that stuff that has to get done every morning, but, apparently, “imaginative insights are most likely to come to us when we’re groggy and unfocused. The mental processes that inhibit distracting or irrelevant thoughts are at their weakest in these moments, allowing unexpected and sometimes inspired connections to be made.”

3. Is Your Creativity Blocked? A quick little rundown on some common creativity stumbling blocks.

4. Twelve Things You Were not Taught in School about Creative Thinking. Psychology Today presents this pithy, helpful list. As much as we know that creative thinking is work, we need to trust our instincts, the first good idea is just the tip of the iceberg, etc., the reminder is always good.

5. Five Ideas to Support Innovation in Higher Ed. The focus in this article is on the campus level, but the tips seem easily adaptable to the program, research lab, or classroom setting.

6. Writing Tips from Famous Authors. Take it from Margaret Atwood. Or Neil Gaiman.  Or William Safire.

7. Malcom McLauren: The Quest for Authentic Creativity.  The video is long, but it really gets at  the way in which creativity is process, not a product or a goal.

8. How to Model Digital Creativity. Who hasn’t been in this position at least once: “I am creating my own mentor texts just ahead of my students, and then sharing those reflections of my process with my class as a way to make visible the success and failures of my work”?

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