Connect Back: Creativity
A routine for consolidating thinking around creativity

After an activity in which students use their creativity or hunt for the creativity in things, ask students to look at the Creativity map and consider:

  • What circles on the map have we touched on?
  • Where have we gone deep? Where could we have gone deeper?
  • What new ideas do we have about creativity?
  • What new questions do we have?

Purpose: What kind of thinking does this routine encourage?

This routine helps students consolidate their growing understanding of the way creativity works. It helps students reflect on the creativity routines they have been learning and see how they are connected to the larger concept of creativity as illustrated in the Creativity map.

Application: When and where can it be used?

This routine can be used any time after students have done several routines or activities that involve thinking creatively or looking for creativity. It may be done as a concluding activity to close the unit or it might be used periodically throughout the unit to help students reflect in an ongoing way.

Launch: What are some tips for starting and using this routine?

Explain to students that the purpose of this activity is to help them reflect on their thinking about creativity and to see what new ideas and questions they have. Display the Creativity map and ask students:

  • What circles on the map have we touched on? When? How?
  • Where have we gone deep? Where and how could we have gone deeper?
  • In the past few weeks, have there been any situations in your own life--inside or outside school--where you thought about creativity from the point of view of any of the circles on the map?
  • In your opinion, what are some big or important ideas about creativity?
  • What new questions do you have about creativity ?