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Creativity, what’s it to you?

Creativity, what’s it to you?

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According to  Wikipedia:

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.

If you ask Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (chick-sent-me-high), author of the book Creativity:  Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention, you will find information about 90+ highly creative individuals, presented factually and interestingly.   Mihaly said that “it is easier to enhance creativity by changing conditions in the environment than by trying to make people think more creatively.  . . . a creative accomplishment is almost never the result of sudden insight, a lightbulb flashing on in the dark, but comes after years of hard work.”

Examine your work environment.  Do you have opportunities to try new things and obtain additional training?  Are there high expectations for your work, resources, and recognition?  How would it feel to answer yes to all of those questions?

Consider Google’s practice of “20-percent time“.  Google employees are allowed to spend one day, 20%, a week working on projects that aren’t necessarily in their job descriptions.  They are able to work on a pet project, solve a problem, or fix something.  Can you imagine if your employer offered this opportunity to you?  What project would you work on?

In our Montessori classrooms we allow children large blocks of uninterrupted work time every day.  During this time children are able to repeat activities as many times as it takes to internalized the concept.  Children can make choices of work to do which allows them to  take ownership of their learning.  This also fosters opportunities for children to have the joy from discovery and experience creativity.


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