Up to this point, I'd learned how to teach my students the skills of collaboration and critical thinking, but I hadn't ever taught creativity. I was really stumped. Aside from a few brainstorming strategies and a basic understanding of combining different concepts to make new ones, I didn't really have much to run with. A colleague of mine, Ms. Krause (@kaciek1288) recommended a book by Kieth Sawyer called Zig Zag. It turned out to be just the thing I needed. The book is LOADED with new perspectives and activities to build and exercise creativity.
Creativity Zig Zags
Kieth Sawyer lays out eight steps to creativity, but they're not meant to be interpreted in a linear progression. The creative often jumps from one step to another and back again when they run into a new problem. For example, I recently had a creative challenge that required that I superimpose text on our school's buildings (see this year's development video). I've seen this before and always wanted to do it (look). To make it happen, I had to watch a couple tutorials (learn) and then start playing (play). Well, it didn't work the way I expected to so I had to go back to learning. I should also mention that I was fusing ideas left and right as I learned them. Teaching creativity seems to be about learning all the steps and then helping students zig zag. If at first you don't succeed, zig zag until you do. (more fusing, ha! ;)