After being a tourist for the past few days, I am back to work. I've spent yesterday morning revising and updating and thinking about my workshop Designing Projects Students (and Teachers) Love for the ASB Un-plugged Conference here in Mumbai.
I am putting an emphasis on the creative aspects of such projects. After all the new ISTE and AASL Standards emphasize creativity.
My basic concern about the traditional use of the term is that we tend only to think in terms of the arts when we think of creative people. (See Concerns about Creativity) But we can and should extend Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligences to Multiple Creative Abilities. I've started to generate a list
Johnson's Multiple Creative Abilities (with apologies to Howard Gardner)
- Numeric problem-solving
- Graphic artistic (drawing, painting, sculpting, photography, designing)
- Athletic/movement (Sports, dance)
- Musically artistic
- Excuse making
What can be added? How are humans creative in more ways than artistic?
Sir Ken Robinson in his book, The Element (my review), says we should not ask if a person is talented, but how the person is talented. We should also be asking not if a student is creative, but how a student is creative.
OK, so maybe some creativity ought not to be encouraged.