Recently I’ve been considering ways I could use the concept of Creativity’s Workshop to help a wider audience come to discover and understand their inner Creativity.
One idea which I’m toying with is putting together a short course (an hour or two long maybe) of lecture and activities for school children. I’ve been thinking of creating a PowerPoint Presentation based on the first several posts of this blog, explaining how Creativity works and providing opportunity through activities for the participants to get to know their Creativity.
I’ve recently been learning about child development, and it’s been mentioned that children 12 years and up begin to think logically about abstract things. So I’m thinking that period of time might be a good opportunity to capture their childlike wonder and curiosity at a point where they’d hopefully be able to get their minds around an odd and abstract take on the subject.
The idea is still in its infant stages – which means it’s big on potential, small on details and full of holes.
So I’d like to get your opinion on the matter. Do you think it’s plausible? Are there considerations to be factored in regarding age?
I’m really interested in your feedback. Please comment and let me know!
December 11, 2010 at 6:33 am
This has potential – I’d suggest trying to pin down the kids’ motivation for taking the course. In other words, is there some value – other than their parents’ twisting their arms to do something ‘good for them’ that they would derive from taking the class? Also – an online course would be great, esp. if you could somehow make it interactive (not sure how far you can take it in Powerpoint but maybe it can be done). Finally – one approach might be to identify a particular outcome or work product that will be produced as a result. for example, build up creativity in part I so they can write short stories – or draw – or sing (or all of the above) – and find a way to share the end result (part II) with the other participants and discuss how the creativity exercises changed their perspective and their approach.
Hope these make sense 🙂
December 14, 2010 at 8:30 am
Thank you so much for your suggestions! I too was thinking of eventually turning it in to an online course of some description, but first I thought it would be best to test it in an actual classroom environment to see what works the best. That way I could tweak the presentation to the point where I know it reaches the majority of people in the room.
I really love the idea of setting a project and then getting them together afterward to discuss! Follow up sessions are always important to reinforce what has been taught. It would be great if the second part was all about their participation.
You’ve given me much to think about. Thank you!
December 12, 2010 at 8:52 pm
A brilliant idea. I remember doing a number of exercises in creative problem solving in school around 12/13 years old. The biggest chanllenge might be getting kids minds engaged as most seem bored with life. But I think this has definite potential in the school system. As in the school highers you to come in for the day to do a sort of workshop thing. For Australia maybe the beginging of high school when their work load and type of work has changed so dramaticly.
Or even marketing to home schooled children or….. Or maybe… Yes you see this idea has lots of potential.
December 14, 2010 at 8:34 am
Yes, perhaps at the beginning of high school! I remember reading a great book called The Pen Commandments (which I must post in The Library sometime) which was written to show high school children how their creativity could be used to improve their writing skills for homework and exams, especially how being a little bit inventive with their outlook could improve their grades and interest in the subjects. I’d really love to do something similar.
You also make a great point about homeschoolers!
I suppose the real question is which group gatekeeper is the most likely to let me have a go…
January 2, 2011 at 3:30 pm
Totally off-topic (sorry). Where did you find the picture of the little girl at the top of the page? Difficult to explain, but I find it phenomenally inspiring, and may wish to use it elsewhere, if it’s legal to do so.
January 4, 2011 at 8:23 am
Hi Jessica, I was a writer-in-residence at a local elementary/middle school, so I worked with kids of varying ages, I’d say 9-13. It was so much fun! And completely exhausting. As another commenter said, the key is to keep them motivated and interested. I found that constantly engaging them with questions helped. After every writing exercise, I asked them to share, which they love. I also found them really into writing and totally impressed to meet a “real” writer. I think you have a great idea, let us know how it works out.