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Re: teaching creativity

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Sandra Hildreth (shildret)
Fri, 03 Oct 1997 22:00:03 -0400

I believe you can improve children's abilities to come up with
'concepts' by teaching and practicing the steps to creative problem
solving - the things that creative people do so intuitively. I think it
helps to practice brainstorming and to demonstrate how to withhold
judgement during that process because it restricts creativity. It helps
to give children challenging problems to solve and then guide them into
the process. And it is always beneficial to recognize and provide
positive reinforcement for unique solutions, especially when they come
from unexpected places. Can we mold them all into great creative problem
solvers? No - but we can get more of them past the fear of failure that
comes from not knowing how to approach a difficult problem.
Sandra Hildreth
C.L.A.S.S. (Cultural Literacy through Art & Social Studies)
Art 7-12, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Madrid, NY 13660
Art Methods, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY 13617