CREATIVITY AND LATERAL THINKING FOR YOUR CLASSROOM
CReATIViTY and LAtERAL thikiNg
It is too often assumed that creative ideas come only from inspiration and that there is nothing else that can be done about it.
This is a big mistake. Every person has the ability to break free from their chains and create something unique. Something special.
We as adults must allow our children to participate in their future.
To question and wonder about the world that they will very soon inherit.
CoRT 4 covers the basic creative techniques, procedures and attitudes.
Creativity is treated as a normal part of thinking, involving processes that can be learned, practiced and applied in a deliberate manner.
Some of the processes are concerned with the escape from imprisoning ideas. Others are concerned with the provocation of new ideas.
Problem definition is an important part of creativity. So is the evaluation of suggested solutions. Creativity is a word that covers a great deal.
Artists are said to be creative because they do not imitate but produce something new. Yet many artists may simply be using their old style of perception to look at new things.
With other artists both the style and the subject matter change.
Inventors are said to be creative if they come up with a new invention which works. Scientists are said to be creative if they make a new discovery.
The common element IS the production of something new.
In many instances such as those above there may be little flexibility and no change of ideas. An artist may be quite unable to see things in a new way. An inventor may be quite unable to approach inventions in a new manner. A scientist may be quite inflexible in changing his or her ideas.
Lateral thinking is specifically concerned with the generation of new perceptions and new ideas.
Lateral thinking involves changing perceptions and flexibility.
There is an overlap with creativity since both are concerned with producing something new, but lateral thinking is a more precise definition of the process of changing perceptions: changing the way we look at things.
tHE PURPOSE OF CrEATIVITy.
In these lessons the purpose of creativity is to come up with new approaches and new ideas which work.
The need for creativity or lateral thinking arises from the patterning nature of perception.
In our perception and thinking we follow along the tracks established by experience. If we can somehow manage to escape from these tracks we may find other tracks which in hindsight are very obvious and which have been there the whole time.
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