Teaching Creativity and Thinking Tools
Erasmus+ course summary
Participants will become skilled in method of creatively confronting challenges for teaching and training creativity, and developing project mind-set, developed by Dimis Michaelides. They will be able to use this method by themselves or even learn others how to think more creatively with the help of I.D.E.A.S! 5 stage model for creatively confronting challenges.
"Creative thinking is not a talent, it is a skill that can be learned. It empowers people by adding strength to their natural abilities." – Edward de Bono
C - Confirmed
Teach with Variety of Thinking Tools.
We don't need teachers to give information. We need teachers who inspire critical, constructive and creative thinking.
DAY 1: Introductory meeting, explanation of practical arrangements, presentation of timetable, information about course venue.
DAY 2: Introduction to the team members and teamwork and the vision of our week together – a need for teaching creative and constructive thinking in schools, and also to adults in organisations. The Sources of Creativity: Talent, Energy, Method I.D.E.A.S! method – a 5 stage model for Creatively Confronting Challenges. Divergence and Convergence – search for alternatives first, focus on the essence later (E. and A. in practice)
DAY 3: I-nvestige: noting down relevant information and feelings. Using divergent and convergent mind-map. I-nvestige: identifying key facts and developing a mini-vision concerning the challenge. D-efine: looking at the challenge from many different viewpoints and breaking it up into smaller, more manageable issues. Developing a good challenge definition by using the Ladder of Abstraction.
DAY 4: D-efine: practicing Ladder of Abstraction. E-nvision: seeking actionable ways to confronting a clearly defined challenge by generation many different ideas and structuring them. Learning and using the tool: Picture Association. Excursion.
DAY 5: E-nvision. Learning and using the tool: Brainwriting. E-nvision. Learning and using the tool: Magical Idea. A-pprase: after developing a short list of key ideas we now consider and judge potential of each idea and select the best. Learning and using the tool of divergent and convergent evaluation: PNIP and VOF.
DAY 6: A-pprase: PNIP, VOF, more practise. S-tart! Ideal and Catastrophic Scenario. S-tart! Strategy of Persuasion and Action Plan.
DAY 7: Key learning points.
Planning follow up activities, dissemination and implementation of learning outcomes.
Discussing possibilities for future cooperation among participants.