Teaching the Creative Process
The creative process has many forms, but most have these general steps in common:
- Framing or identifying the problem, question or challenge to solve;
- Gathering information about it;
- Providing time to incubate the material;
- Exploring variations of existing ideas and generating new ones;
- Filtering, ranking or combining ideas to find the best candidates;
- Elaborating and refining the solution; and,
- Communicating and receiving feedback.
How many of these steps do you already follow in your classroom projects? In what ways? What other steps do you take?
This discussion post is part of the Adobe Education Exchange Professional Development Workshops: Creativity in Today’s Classrooms: Designing Creativity in the Primary Grades Curriculum, Designing Creativity in the Middle Grades Curriculum, and Designing Creativity in the Upper Grades Curriculum.