Creative Thinking

We will be focusing on ways to expand our creative thinkings. Many avenues will be explored including:
Creative Problem Solving
Creative thinking is described as making and communicating connections to: think of many possibilities; think and experience in various ways and use different points of view; think of new and unusual possibilities; and guide in generating and selecting alternatives. Critical thinking is described as analyzing and developing possibilities to: compare and contrast many ideas; improve and refine ideas; make effective decisions and judgments; and provide a sound foundation for effective activities.
SCAMPER
SCAMPER is an acronym for useful list of words that can be applied as stimuli to make you think differently about the problem area.

Substitute
What can you substitute? What can be used instead? Who else instead? What other ingredients? Other material? Other process? Other power? Other place? Other approach? Other sounds? Other forces?

Instead of … I can …

Combine
What can you combine or bring together somehow? How about a blend, an alloy, an assortment, an ensemble? Combine units? Combine purposes? Combine appeals? Combine ideas?

I can bring together … and … to …

Adapt
What can you adapt for use as a solution? What else is like this? What other idea does this suggest? Does past offer a parallel? What could I copy? Who could I emulate?

I can adapt … in this way … to …

Modify
Can you change the item in some way? Change meaning, colour, motion, sound, smell, form, shape? Other changes?

Also: Magnify: What can you add? More time? Greater frequency? Stronger? Higher? Longer? Thicker? Extra value? Plus ingredient? Duplicate? Multiply? Exaggerate?

And: ‘Minify’: What can you remove? Smaller? Condensed? Miniature? Lower? Shorter? Lighter? Omit? Streamline? Split up? Understate?

I can change … in this way … to …

Put to other uses
How can you put the thing to different or other uses? New ways to use as is? Other uses if it is modified?

I can re-use … in this way … by …

Eliminate
What can you eliminate? Remove something? Eliminate waste? Reduce time? Reduce effort? Cut costs?

I can eliminate … by …

Rearrange
What can be rearranged in some way? Interchange components? Other pattern? Other layout? Other sequence? Transpose cause and effect? Change pace? Change schedule?

I can rearrange … like this … such that …

CREATIVE DRAMATICS
What Is Creative Dramatics? Creative dramatics uses students’ imagination and willingness to act or pretend as a means of reinforcing academic, emotional, and interpersonal objectives (Froese, 1996). Creative dramatics, a form of imaginative play that helps students learn, uses no written dialogue, making it different from performing a play. Actors in a play read or memorize lines written by somebody else. In creative dramatics, actors create and use their own words to convey meaning. Although a teacher provides a beginning structure, creative dramatics encourages students to improvise or change the original form.

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