Extension #1:  Creativity & Divergent Thinking

Welcome to our first extension activity!  Our extensions will allow you to dive deeper into the topics we are studying.  They are meant to extend our learning beyond the school day and help you to strengthen your critical thinking skills. 
This activity will take 10-15 minutes:
  • Watch the video: What is Creativity?
  • Read the post:  Where do you find Creativity?
  • Explore the website:  Wonderopolis
Follow the prompts on the page.  When you have completed the activities, you will have access to a "members only" discussion group on Edmodo to discuss your thoughts!
What is Creativity?

Where do you find Creativity?

There are plenty of stories out there about the unusual places where people find creativity. Did you know, for example, that Steve Jobs once took a course in calligraphy?


So did taking calligraphy make Steve Jobs more creative?  Job's creativity had little to do with the drawing swirly letters. It was his application of calligraphy's design and visual principles to the stodgy world of computers that revolutionized the way we look at them today .

The act of combining concepts from different fields is linked to the birth of many game-changing ideas.











Einstein, Mozart, Edison, Van Gogh, Pasteur, Joseph Conrad and Picasso all demonstrated this ability. It was Vincent Van Gogh who showed in Bedroom at Arles how one might see two different points of view at the same time. Pablo Picasso achieved his cubist perspective by mentally tearing objects apart and rearranging the elements so as to present them from a dozen points of view simultaneously. In physics, Einstein was able to imagine an object in motion and at rest at the same time. 


So the question becomes: In your search for new ideas, how do you tap into your own version of Janusian thinking? 




Some of the most significant ideas come about when someone sees a problem in a new way- often by combining separate elements that initially seemed unrelated.  This process is called Janusian Thinking," named after the Roman god Janus who had two faces, each looking in the opposite direction. The two faces of Janus symbolize a state of mind that often yields creative insights: The ability to simultaneously conceive of an idea and its opposite.



What do you Wonder About?

Click on the link below to find answers to all of the things you wonder about....


What makes dogs bark? 

How are potato chips made? 

Why is the sky blue?