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The Creative Child:

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April Hallock

on 31 July 2015

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Transcript of The Creative Child:

Building a Case for the Creative Child:
Hand, Heart, and Mind

Students must become Divergent Thinkers.
Amabile Model of Creativity
This model of creativity is based on 35 years of research by Dr. Teresa Amabile, a Director of Research at the Harvard Business School.
Becoming an Innovator of Creativity - Strategies in Action
Harvard Business School is offering a course called Design Thinking and Innovation in their MBA program in Entrepreneurial Management.
Standardized testing
Right and wrong answers
Subjects of study are limited and separated from one another.
Our Current Educational Status
Our educational system is focused on convergent thinking.
Loss of mindfulness
How can we teach kids the creative skill sets required for the job market of today and the world of their tomorrow?
Loss of identity
Within the eyes of our state and country, we are a failing school.
"It's impossible," said Pride.
"It's risky," said Experience.
"It's pointless," said Reason.
"Give it a try," whispered the Heart.
Please consider the benefits to our scholars...
We must believe that all students have the ability to be creative.
Creativity is a process that utilizes a person's whole brain.
Creativity is "the process of developing ideas that have value."
(Robinson, 2011, p. 3)
Our culture has brainwashed us into thinking that the current model of education is the only model of education.
Creativity involves originality and novelty, and utility, by which the end result is a product of innovation.
Unlike our current educational requirements of extended periods of focus and concentration, where only the front left temporal lobe is utilized...
(Andreasen, 2006)
Lois Hetland's 8 StudioHabits of Mind
These studio habits of mind are based on 20 years of research by a variety of highly qualified educators, including Lois Hetland, research associate at Harvard University's Project Zero.
This course will provide me with creative skill development in brainstorming and idea generation. Innovative problem solving, experimenting, evaluation, and decision making processes will also be revealed. It will also provide up-to-date strategies for students to use in the classroom for preparation for the future.
Mind, Brain, and Behavior: Creativity Research: Madmen, Geniuses, and Harvard Students
This is a 1.5 credit class which also examines creativity but from a psychological and neuroscientific perspective.
A 3-month sabbatical would be necessary for attendance in these classes.
Offered by the Psychology Department at Harvard University
Cognitive Neuroscience
This course will explore how mental processes are related to neural activity and the methods by which cognitive neuroscience seeks to discover the processes. The class will also focus on processes within perception, attention, memory, language, action, emotion, and social cognition, and methods including neuroimaging, neuropsychology, and electrophysiology.

Offered by the Psychology Department at Harvard University
Author unknown
Proposal for a three month sabbatical for studying Design, Innovation, and Creativity at Harvard University
Our kids should be preparing for their future. This school and community can make this happen for them if we believe that we can.
(Robinson, 2011)
(Langer, 2009)
(Robinson, 2011)
"Critics think of children running wild and knocking down the furniture rather than getting on with serious work. Being creative does usually involve playing with ideas and having fun; enjoyment and imagination. But creativity is also about working a in a highly focused way on ideas and projects, crafting them into their best forms and making critical judgments along the way about which work best and why. In every discipline, creativity also draws on skill, knowledge and control. It’s not only about letting go, it’s about holding on." (Robinson, 2011, p. 5).
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