How to Advance Creativity in a Learning Environment


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Sarah is in second grade and usually uses a ruler to draw straight lines. When she can't find her ruler she decides to use the side of her pencil box instead, even though no one has taught her this possible use of the pencil box. Sarah's creative solution shows that she is not suffering from the barrier of _____.

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1. Every time Zion solves word problems, he approaches the problems in the exact same way. As the problems become more complicated, Zion has trouble solving them because he cannot think creatively. Which of the following tendencies is an example of his habitual approach to solving word problems?

2. Ms. Kim is a mechanic. When someone brings in a car with problems, she asks the driver many questions about the history of the car and its recent use in order to think creatively about what might be wrong. What strategy is Ms. Kim using to solve the problem here?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

There are several strategies and barriers to consider when trying to advance creativity in a learning environment, and this quiz/worksheet will help you assess your understanding of them. You'll be tested on things that encourage and challenge the creative process.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on various strategies and barriers involved in creative thinking, including:

  • Using a tool or object in only one way
  • Approaching problems in habitual patterns
  • Solving problems by working until you reach the original problem
  • Identifying ideas

Skills Practiced

  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as response sets and functional fixedness
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding creative thinking strategies and interpret it correctly by identifying examples
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding potential barriers to creative thinking

Additional Learning

Gain more information on creativity and barriers to creative thinking by accessing the lesson titled How to Advance Creativity in a Learning Environment. It will provide the following information:

  • The definition of creativity
  • Factors that can hurt the creative process in a classroom
  • Methods from Educational Psychology that encourage creative thinking