The 7 C's of Creativity

As we begin to step out of the world of conventional hierarchy, new and dynamic skills are becoming more critical in the workplace, and creativity is among these. The need for turning out fresh ideas has cascaded down to the classroom as well.


As students find their way through their young careers, creativity is expanding in definition and breadth. From problem-solving to their everyday needs, we find this to be true because it has always been more than just arts and crafts.


Diving into the environment of creativity brings about different elements that make up different parts of this skill. As coined by The Journal of Creative Behavior, here are the 7 C's of Creativity.


Creators

Creators are the movers and shakers who bring creativity to the world. Whether they are artists, writers, or innovative thinkers, these are the people who bring imagination to reality. Without them, everything we dream about is just that – a dream.


Too often, we believe that creating is some intellectual ability that some have, and others don't and restrict so many living a life that is only present in the physical. And though some creators are born, even they have to develop themselves to become better creators.


Moving forward, we have to help our students be the creators they are at heart. We were all once children with exemplary imaginations. Let's get back to our roots and make the world better because of it.


Creating

The second C is the actual process of creation. It comes in many forms and can find it's way to students' lives in countless ways, becoming a process that is ever more important to our growing and dynamic world.


How can you encourage the process in the classroom? Through projects? Unique problems? Collaboration?


Collaboration

A fundamental pillar of developing our world comes with diversity. We are all unique in our ways, and each of us has our strengths and weaknesses. In a hotbed of multiple imaginations, where students come together, is where we will find outcomes that refresh our civilization.


Contexts

Creativity doesn't exist without a place for it to occur. Our environments have a substantial impact on our abilities and perspectives. Diversifying experiences, sights, and individuals allow us to achieve our highest potentials.


Developing the classroom and integrating new ideas encourages emerging patterns that are vital to the creative process.


Creations

It wouldn't be complete without an outcome! Ideas, art, solutions, projects, and behaviors can all be the final product of the process. IT takes a balance between convention and innovation for the most useful inventions, and it's a balance we should always encourage even in the face of potential failure.


Curricula

The final C is the education itself. As we combine the other components into a comprehensive whole, this is where we arrive!


Final Thoughts

Society and community begin in school when we are students. We base much of our lives on how we interacted in the classroom. As our experiences with teachers and other students become experiences with colleagues and bosses, it's essential to build a healthy environment. Modeling an environment that brings out the best of student creativity will carry out with benefits to our societies.


Having a community of young minds that can collaborate and include diversity is the first step to having a world that can do the same. The second? The second is ensuring we sustain this ideal throughout the years of education. When we can achieve this, and do this consistently, we will create the future we all desire.


Community Engagement Question

How do you bring creativity to the classroom?


Special Thanks!

Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash


Lubart, Todd. “Introduction.” The Creative Process, 2018, pp. 1–18., doi:10.1057/978-1-137-50563-7_1.

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