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Your Creativity Comfort Level

Posted on May 14, 2013 by Adobe Education
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Early Childhood, 6-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16, 17-18, Post-Secondary
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Use this interactive PDF to self-assess your comfort level with creativity in the classroom. This resource is designed for use with the Adobe Professional Development Workshop, "Explore Creativity in Today's Classrooms." (Coming soon.)

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  • 28 Ratings

All Comments (49)

Thea Drake

Posted on Apr 7, 2014 - Permalink

30, Seems to be right.

alessandro anglisani

Posted on Apr 1, 2014 - Permalink

26 for me...i think it's right

Bambi Vogele

Posted on Mar 30, 2014 - Permalink

I scored a 35 but I train teachers in our small tribal college and I have trained Native American language teachers so I have had to be more then the usual amount of creative to meet instructional goals.

roberta belfry

Posted on Mar 30, 2014 - Permalink

I scored a 36 and I feel it is a solid indicator of my style. However, I also think that my years of teaching has given me an edge. The more comfortable you are with where you are going with the class, makes it easier to give away the reins and direct from the sidelines. Very few current classroom teachers were taught in this manner, which makes it so difficult to do - we've not had any modelling of it.

Jan Lay

Posted on Mar 30, 2014 - Permalink

I scored a 34, but then, I teach the Adobe Creative Suite...but my "letting the students be creative" has been more of a recent thing in my class. I want them to learn the skills...the tools...so showing me that they can do that has been more important than worrying about them being creative. I've just assumed that once they know how to use these programs that they will go apply them creatively.

I give my students a number of anonymous feedback surveys during the semester..."tell me how it's going"...in some of those it became apparent that demonstrating every new skill in their new project was extremely frustrating to the students.

Based on this feedback, I now pick a few of the top skills for that 6-weeks for them to demo, and then their project is based on the new skills, but there are no "musts". The resulting projects have been much better, aesthetically (obvious outcome) and the students are enjoying making them (desired outcome...yay!).

George Botelho

Posted on Mar 30, 2014 - Permalink

I got 38 on the questionnaire and all this just seemed to me so basic because this is what I do in my classroom. I myself feel comfortable looking at problems from multiple perspectives. Whether my enthusiasm works out beneficially for the students is another matter, but this is the way I'm trying to get them to think, act, and relate to the subject matter, projects as well as to each other. I sometimes have students who are not enthusiastic about collaboratively sharing work or ideas in groups. Then there are the ones who only want to go "by the book" from page 1 to the end. Very linear. I have the ones who demand that they be told "the right answer," when there may be SEVERAL right answers. Some view the teachable moments as a waste of time, nothing more than digressions. If it's not directly from the book, it must not be important. I really enjoyed this activity and the opportunity to reflect on group dynamics and creativity!

Miriam Schechter

Posted on Mar 26, 2014 - Permalink

I scored only 28, which seems about right, given that I have some trouble with classroom management, and situations where a lot of innovation is going on often get out of hand. I can't agree at all that the process is more important than the product. In math I can see where a careless mistake can give a wrong answer, but in most projects a sloppy end result means to me uncaring methods.

Cristina BOSIO FERRER

Posted on Mar 25, 2014 - Permalink

I Scored 39 and I agree with the questions.

I feel if I'm not innovating my classes, I get bored and my students too.

Clint Balsar

Posted on Mar 24, 2014 - Permalink

I scored a 36 and feel quite comfortable teaching the creative process and being flexible within my instruction. I am also in agreement with others that had difficulty with the suggestion that always working in groups is always beneficial to encouraging creativity. I encourage several group activities, but find that often the best work is done on individualized tasks.

Terri Wenzig

Posted on Mar 23, 2014 - Permalink

I scored a 29...would most likely have scored more creative in previous teaching environments - the one I am in now is more restrictive related to time and progression. I do my best to at least have students work in smaller groups (60 student classes), but it is not always possible with content I need to cover. I think I would utilize much more creative prompts ad expectations if I didn't teach in a team.

Lisa Cohen

Posted on Mar 22, 2014 - Permalink

I scored 31. While I agree with the most of the statement, I only strongly agree with two of them. Breaking away from the planned lesson in favor of the teachable moment and the process of creating the project as being more important than the product at the end are the two statements that I strongly agreed with. In my opinion, there are some circumstances where step-by-step is the only way to get the desired results regardless of how much creativity is desired.

Jan Lay

Posted on Mar 30, 2014 - Permalink

I totally agree with you. And, depending on the field of study, the step-by-step may need to be the most common method of instruction. In those cases, teaching creatively probably is more important than teaching creativity.

Pedro Perez

Posted on Mar 22, 2014 - Permalink

HI:

I got a 29th, interesting survey. I wander if having attended a religious institution which only goal was to get you ready to be a doctor or a lawyer had something to do with it? Maybe not, after all I am a grown -up capable of deciding my own destiny??? I'm glad for this course, it makes you open your mind.

Cristina BOSIO FERRER

Posted on Mar 25, 2014 - Permalink

Hi Pedro, I believe that the institutions do not always make us, when you're a child or adolescent with an open and curious mind, no institution can dominate that creativity.

Robert Benica

Posted on Mar 21, 2014 - Permalink

I had a 36, mostly because I preferred much more structure when I was younger. I didn't tap into the creative side of myself until much later.

David Badgley

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 - Permalink

This was an interesting exercise. I really wanted a finer gradations in the choices but the questions were thought provoking. Thanks for the opportunity.

Maureen Belaski

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 - Permalink

I scored 38, same predicament as Patricia Del Greco. I'm okay with students working in groups, but I find it better to do groups some of the time and individually some of the time. I like discovering what each individual's up to, what makes them tick, what their strengths are. Only then do I feel empowered to empower them.

teresa perez

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 - Permalink

I scored 32 I like all about art, I teach to preschool children

Patricia Del Greco

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 - Permalink

I teach art. I scored a 38 and I probably would have scored 40 but I disagreed with preferring students working in groups rather than individually. I do however have my students pair or team quite often.

Avil Beckford

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 - Permalink

I scored 27, but I do not teach students. I am designing a professional development course for adults, and that's why I am taking this course.

Brad Woolley

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 - Permalink

I scored a 38 but then I have spent most of the last 37 years finding ways to engage and motivate students, first in special education and lately in junior high. The similarities are quite amazing. I find that worked last year may easily not be applicable this year and am very quick to let the students take the lead.

Judy Durkin

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 - Permalink

Oh. I scored a 33.

Judy Durkin

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 - Permalink

I want to know how to display the score on a form. Hmmmm. I am going to start searching. I am great at making .pdf forms, but have always used the spreadsheet results to get the score. Was this done in Captivate?

Sandra Meyer

Posted on Mar 17, 2014 - Permalink

I scored a dismal 27.

I don't teach at present but hope to get back to the classroom one day (although I'm in the classroom as a grad student right now and work in the ed-tech environment). I based my answers on what my expectations were as a teacher. I too believe that, while thinking outside the box to get to the end product is important, fulfilling the outcomes and expectations of the assignment cannot be overlooked either.

Kathleen Listman

Posted on Mar 17, 2014 - Permalink

I scored 33. So, what does that mean? In creativity, useful quantitative measurements are hard to obtain. That is why creativity is so hard to assess. I recognize one area in which I disagree with many educators - I do not find that working in groups leads to creativity. What I actually see occurring is some students doing all the work and creative thinking, while others coast through.What I do instead is have students present their work for a critique so that others can see what they are doing. They can be inspired by it, but don't get away with copying it.

By the way being a lawyer can be as creative as an explorer - explorers must spend much of their day just surviving, lawyers get to play with ideas and do so frequently.

Joy Kutaka-Kennedy

Posted on Mar 18, 2014 - Permalink

Good points re: creativity being hard to measure/grade. I also agree that group work can be a cop-out for some students while others will pick up their slack and do overtime. And I agree that being a lawyer versus an explorer can be equally creative; it's a matter of perspective and stereotyping!

Joy Kutaka-Kennedy

Posted on Mar 17, 2014 - Permalink

I scored 35; I like to have some individual work for accountability (grading basis) in a teaching credential program. This class has helped me explore the tension between accountability, meeting state standards, and allowing room for creativity.

Jennifer Hunter

Posted on Mar 17, 2014 - Permalink

I only scored a 27 which I think is low and yet while I think the creative process is important I also believe getting the right answer is important. Step by step and the creative process can have learning moments that have nothing to do with content but content shouldn't be overridden due to creativity. Mimo's video about blending formal and informal learning was a key point I latched on to, finding that middle ground and creating safety for kids to explore is important to me.

Oran Blackwood

Posted on Mar 6, 2014 - Permalink

I scored 40, I think is because I worked in the creative industry before I became a teacher.

Phil Schuyler

Posted on Feb 7, 2014 - Permalink

I scored a 34 and I am thinking of the many advantages of creative thinking, and for me personally when i make my teaching fun, it somehow always enhances creativity.

Ursula Cable

Posted on Jan 24, 2014 - Permalink

Scored 30. I feel like my lessons are geared towards incorporating collaborative activities in the classroom and I like to think outside the box in lesson preparation but I still have my comfort zones and they are quite traditional. I need to challenge these more.

MONICA RAMIREZ

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 - Permalink

My score was 36. I love to see creative learning environments and to think outside the box.

Jean Discorfano

Posted on Nov 19, 2013 - Permalink

My score was 33, and I do have the advantage of teaching my students more creative ways being it is a summer camp and I am the only computer instructor.

Ron Porter

Posted on Nov 11, 2013 - Permalink

I'm not an Educator, so I don't think this is appropriate for me.

Luise Grice

Posted on Nov 11, 2013 - Permalink

33 Points. Outcome = to be more flexible and try to think more outside the box when developing lesson plans.

John DeSimone

Posted on Sep 12, 2013 - Permalink

Some of the questions are difficult to answer definitively because of the different courses and subject matter I teach. In these cases, I opt for the middle ground.

alessandro anglisani

Posted on Sep 4, 2013 - Permalink

my score: 32...i like explorer new ways and break away from my lesson plan and explore teachable moments but very often you have 5 days to complete the course and so you must give to a direct instruction more time than other things.....I think the time made ??available for training is gradually dropping favoring the production

Louis Jalaba

Posted on Sep 2, 2013 - Permalink

Wow, 10 simple questions, but I still struggled with some of them, as I sometimes take for granted the situations in the survey.

I have worked in the creative and corporate worlds and have experienced that in the non-creative areas, independent thinking and self-direction is not tolerated and creativity is suppressed.

Belinda Caulfield

Posted on Aug 29, 2013 - Permalink

I agree with Eric, some of the questions I had to think about my response as I do not deliver to learners but to staff, I try to be creative and ask the staff to think how they can produce resources that engage, enrich and also include a fun aspect that meets all the learning objectives.

Darcus Whitley

Posted on Aug 12, 2013 - Permalink

I love teachable moments and enjoy relating coursework with lifework.

O Valdivia

Posted on Aug 12, 2013 - Permalink

I have been a very create individual since I was a child. As an adult, I like to maintain an open mind in everything I do. As a teacher, I challenge my students to challenge themselves. I like for them to see that creativity has always been inside themselves. The difference is that some students know they have it and they use it, while others have kept their creativity dormant or oppressed. I just try to open a door for them to release all that innovation and creative that they have not been allowed to express.

Wellington Villota

Posted on Aug 12, 2013 - Permalink

On many occasions I like creating creative tests for students, but that depends on the subject you are being treated and according to the syllabus of the subject

Colleen Velasquez

Posted on Aug 7, 2013 - Permalink

I think I am a very creative person. I'm always looking for that teachable moment and often change things up once I'm with the students.

Eric Dumas

Posted on Aug 5, 2013 - Permalink

I found some answers difficult, I know what I think, I know what I should answer...

I tried to as honest as possible

Anne Jan Zandstra

Posted on Jul 23, 2013 - Permalink

I enjoy creating creative lessons for my students. But it's not always my descision to make. Often I have to stay with the ideas or the program of the school...

Crystal Violette

Posted on Jul 21, 2013 - Permalink

I am such a logical person, it's amazing that I am in the field of Graphic Communication. What saves me is that I do enjoy building things, and that is how I view computer files that I design. :0)

susan leequee

Posted on Jul 21, 2013 - Permalink

I am comfortable with encouraging my students and peers to think creatively.

Gabriel Ochoa Rojas

Posted on Jul 18, 2013 - Permalink

I write my comment in Spanish.

Es interesante conocer que tan rígidos somos a la hora de impartir el conocimiento y permitir que este llegue de manera adecuada como conocimiento aplicable a la vida personal y profesional de nuestros estudiantes. los resultados me favorecieron en cuanto a que tengo una actitud democrática, para el pensamiento creativo, siendo consiente que la labor de acompañamiento y dirección de grupo no debe perderse.

Maureen Belaski

Posted on May 23, 2013 - Permalink

It's nice to self-reflect. Nicer to punch it into some fertile ground where opinions may sprout new ... classrooms, structures, worlds...