Tag Archives: Creativity

The Art of taking the right kind of break

BBC’s Horizon programme about Creative Insight saw Californian Professor of Psychology, Jonathan Schooler exploring what made people have creative insights or ‘aha’ moments and whether these could be deliberately increased. Experiments in thinking were set on the beach front; people came along to try lateral … Continue reading

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How not to waste 50 plastic bottles

February half term saw another project for South Staffordshire Council’s SUSSED programme of activities – this time it was ‘Glow In the Dark Bugs’ made from pop bottles with a glow stick inside. The good staff at the Council offices … Continue reading

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10 Mental Blocks to Creative Thinking

10 Mental Blocks to Creative Thinking 1. Trying to Find the “Right” Answer One of the worst aspects of formal education is the focus on the correct answer to a particular question or problem. While this approach helps us function in society, … Continue reading

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Creative doesn’t always mean new and unique

For anyone who thinks creativity is synonymous with originality I highly recommend you watch all 3 videos in this series. In them Kirby Ferguson shows how many aspects of our popular culture from music to films and books are often taken … Continue reading

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Play and creativity – separate things?

There is an argument that creativity and play are not the same things. I don’t like to separate them and for the purposes of this website I want to include articles on both as I find them closely related and … Continue reading

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Defining creativity

Creativity is a very popular word these days. It’s everywhere, so you imagine that we all know what we mean by it. When you try to pin the word down to a particular definition though, this is when things get … Continue reading

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Play IS learning

A video from Joseph Chilton Pearce where he explains his belief that children can only truly learn through playing and that ‘play can be the most serious undertaking in a child’s life’. He argues that schools often interrupt a child’s … Continue reading

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Teaching creatively or teaching for creativity?

Recently on a training course we were all asked to make a simple paper helicopter from a template. We all worked away at cutting out, heads down, concentrating. The finished things all did what they should and were fun…….well, for … Continue reading

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Artswork = Teamwork

A comment I hear often is that teachers struggle to get classes working together; attempting to put children into groups to do a task can sometimes end in chaos. I find that when the children have set their own task … Continue reading

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