The focus question for the week was How do we communicate our creativity? It led to interesting student questions, such as:
- What is creativity?
- Is everyone creative?
- What is communication other than talking and listening?
After brainstorming way of our the students express themselves, and making personal connections this way, they thought about how other people are creative.
This, we then categorized into: Visual Arts, Performing Arts and Writing/Language Arts. A provocation was needed to extend the thinking beyond those arts. Where else are we creative? was a good starter. It also helped that I was deliberately using the terms “be creative” in about every possible situation for the last few days. Good ideas were mentioned, including problem-solving, sciences, mathematics, industries, etc.
It gave us the opportunity to see a BIG picture of self-expression and creativity, before we then “zoomed in” on film.
We also moved slightly into What is film? Looking at the form of this type of communication, we are looking for recognizable features. As a bit of an incentive, we watched Charlie and the Chocolate Factory….. to be continued in 10 days.