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Homework – what is creativity?

The central idea of our current unit of inquiry is “creative expression is a process of inspiration, limitation and reaction.” But what does that first word mean? What does it mean to be creative? What does creativity mean?

Discuss these questions with someone at home and then make a comment to share your thinking with us. Check the posting a bit later on again to see if you need to reply to anybody to make the conversation come alive.

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  1. Pan
    January 16, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Hi 6ss,
    it is like expressing your ideas in a creative way for example,presenting in a creative way, and having ideas that are good and unique way.
    Creativity is being creative in a way which has motivation and it can not just inspire you but inspire others too! you really need to use your imagination to help you, you also have to use a pinch of creativity.

    • Yasmin
      January 16, 2012 at 5:08 pm

      hey Pan
      Can you try to explain what “Creative” means.

      • Pan
        January 16, 2012 at 5:14 pm

        Creative is the first one

        • January 16, 2012 at 6:05 pm

          tou ean the first paragraph

          • January 16, 2012 at 6:11 pm

            sorry I ment you mean the first paragraph 🙂 sorry !!!!!!!!!!!

    • January 16, 2012 at 7:21 pm

      You keep using the word “creative” but you haven’t explained what it means!

    • Pan
      January 16, 2012 at 8:29 pm

      Being creative is like using your imagination and motivation to inspire you to do something creative and unique.

  2. Yasmin
    January 16, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Creative or Creativity means to join idea’s together and make them into one big fancy idea that you created.

    To take what somebody created and make it better or making it your own (add more fancy stuff or making it look different).

    • January 16, 2012 at 7:22 pm

      I like what you said about joining ideas together. However, does creativity always have to be something big and fancy?

  3. Caitie & Zola
    January 16, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Hi 6SS,

    Creative means…..

    -Creative can mean doing something a different way.
    -Creative means to make something
    -Sort of all the stuff we do in freedom time.
    – Like some of the stuff we do for our non-digital life.
    -Creativity mostly is about the arts. Like reading writing drama and drawing and sometimes even speaking.

    What does it mean to be creative?

    To be creative they can mean to try to do new things, part of being creative is being innovative.

    We both had a good discussion about creativity. We decided to only make one blog comment that would share both of our ideas.

    • January 16, 2012 at 7:23 pm

      Nice idea to collaborate on this. I agree that creativity is often about the arts, but can you think of some examples when creativity isn’t about art?

      • Caitie:)
        January 17, 2012 at 7:48 pm

        I think you can do almost anything in a creative way. I think that you can even type in a creative way. You could type with your toes or cross your hands while typing. You could arrange your fridge magnets in a creative pattern every day. You could brush your hair in a different way every day.
        Creativity is seeing things in a different way.

    • January 16, 2012 at 7:26 pm

      Hi 6SS,

      I think creative means when you have something that is plain and normal, you expand it and make it better. It is like having something really plain and not unique at all but people who are creative will try to expand and try to find a way that will make it change and unique. “Creativity means thinking outside of the box.” Creativity is also about creating new things some can be in a unique way and some is just about creating. Creativity reminds my sister about art and different colors.

      Petanque and Sister

  4. January 16, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Hi everyone,

    Creative means…..

    – Creative means doing things different
    – Creative mean using your ideas
    – Creative means mixing up ideas to make one
    – Creative means being unique to others
    – Creative means creating something new,fun and unique
    – Creative means using some action
    -Creative means making or doing something exciting

    Creative key words: Unique, different, exciting and fun

    By (evil) Madhav (evil)

    • January 16, 2012 at 5:49 pm

      smileys did not work 😦

    • January 16, 2012 at 7:24 pm

      Yes, maybe you could get rid of “evil” as it isn’t very nice!

      Your comment, on the other hand, is really good.

  5. January 16, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Hi everyone!

    Today I and my mom discussed what creativity is and what you need to be creative.

    And we came to a conclusion that creativity means the ability to produce something new which has uniqueness and other people has never thought of. It could be an idea, art work, a tool, a game, an invention and so on. To be creative you need imagination, experience, challenging spirits, and lots of playing.

    • January 16, 2012 at 7:25 pm

      Do you think your idea has to be completely new and never done before in order to be creative?

      • January 16, 2012 at 9:33 pm

        I guess so. You need to have originality. For example there is the famous story called “The Three Little Pigs”. And there is also a story called “The True Story of The Three Little Pigs”. The author who wrote “The True Story of The Three Little Pigs” used the the characters and setting of the “The Three Little Pigs” but he wrote the story in a completely different perspective and gave his own work originality.

  6. Mara
    January 16, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Hi guys!
    I think that creative means to
    – Come up with an idea.
    – I agree what Caitie & Zola said, we have to create something in freedom.
    – When you create something it is usually art that you create.
    – You have to think outside the box when you want to make something creative.
    – Make something different (something new).
    – Mixing up ideas to make a big one.


    • January 16, 2012 at 7:26 pm

      What does “think outside the box” mean?

  7. January 16, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Hi Guys!!!

    I discussed with my mom about these Questions.

    Mari’s idea 🙂
    Q1:What is creative and what does it mean to be creative??

    A1:It means to make new things or have new ideas.

    Q2:What does creativity mean??

    A2:It means to have the ability to use your imagination to produce new ideas.

    Creativity means to improve various imaginatons from many aspects.

    • January 16, 2012 at 7:27 pm

      I really like answer A1, it is a nice and simple way to explain what creativity is. Let’s use this in the classroom.

  8. January 16, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Hi 6SS,

    Creative means to be unique and have your own ideas and express them through different ways for an example dancing! Creativity is making something in different ways that is not already out there coming up with your own ideas like people have different ways of comedy mine is just saying something about what is happening Mr. Sam’s is sarcasm and Pan’s is to simply smile and wave boys!! Being a composer is unique because you make your own songs and not old ones! It is like Ronaldinhio and Ronaldo they both have football tricks like the chop and others!



    • January 16, 2012 at 7:28 pm

      I like the fact that you have included humour, football, music and dancing in your explanation.

  9. January 16, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    I think creativity means that:
    – Using your imagination to create something
    – creating something different. (Thinking outside the box)
    – Thinking backwards (Ex: Cold fire, People walking backwards)
    – Thinking in different ways. There is this quote I read in a book: “God made people’s head round to make them think in different angles.
    – The most important part of creativity is that: You need to have fun, freedom.

    • January 16, 2012 at 7:29 pm

      Can you explain the thinking backwards thing?

      • January 17, 2012 at 8:55 am

        Well You need to think the opposite of the true thing.
        Cold – Hot fire,
        You can invent something by thinking the opposite thing from the true life. So thinking backwards is a good way to be creative.

  10. priti(aryan's mum)
    January 16, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Hi I think creative has a lot of meanings the first one my mom said is:
    -creative is another word for expressing ourselves in a unique way.
    -I think creative means that we do things in a different but good way.
    -creativity is also when you think more then average when you think deeper.
    -and some people say work should not be fun but if your creative it can be fun.

    • January 16, 2012 at 7:32 pm

      Does creativity always have to be unique?

  11. 19aryana
    January 16, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    sorry guys i wrote it on my moms account.

  12. Pat
    January 16, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Creativity or creative means that you are creating a lot of things innovatively such as in some of our classes we have creative time right so the teachers just lets us build some stuff so that is creating and creativity means that that you are doing it like an activity.

    • January 16, 2012 at 7:33 pm

      Can you explain what “innovate” means?

  13. January 16, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Hi Everyone,

    Q1. What does creative mean?

    I think creative means to make something new/original using your imagination.

    Q2. What does it mean to be creative?

    I think it means to think ‘outside the box’, to dare to be different, to generate new ideas, to find more ways to solve a problem and to think the impossible.

    Q3. What does creativity mean?

    I think creativity means to make a creative idea work and be useful in life. I also think it’s the process of using your creative skill (green hat, blue hat and right brain).

    • January 16, 2012 at 7:34 pm

      You are the first person to use the word “imagination”!

  14. victor
    January 16, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    it is an expression of your personality, and of your emotions. it comes from your heart not from someone else/something else. it is your identity. It shows how you feel and what you think and everybody expresses it in a personal and different way. It helps the person to release all the feelings inside. And every one will do this differently.

    • January 16, 2012 at 7:35 pm

      I like “it is an expression of your personality”. Can anyone else expand on that?

  15. Hannah
    January 16, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    This is what being Creative means:

    – Thinking outside the box
    – Being Imaginative
    – Thinking of new things
    – Being aware of your ideas
    – It is creation of form and shape
    – To be Creative you have to try new things (Example: if you want to make a kind of recipe you have to try a new mix)
    – To go in other people’s perspective
    – To think in different ways

    Here are different ways to share creativity:
    – Photography
    – Architecture(s)
    – Art
    – Teaching
    – Inventing

    I talked with my mom and sister about the meaning of creativity.

    Hannah 6SS

    • January 16, 2012 at 7:36 pm

      I like the fact that you said you have to “try new things” in order to be creative. You have to be a risk taker. There is a great quote about that, remind me to try and find it.

  16. Tamanna
    January 16, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Hello 6SS,

    I think creativity means to brainstorm fascinating ideas and to express your ideas in a creative form. Normally creativity is used in a piece of writing or in an piece of art it is normally used in these two because for writing adjectives is same as creativity and you have to use loads of adjectives to describe in a piece of writing. It is used in art because you need lots of creative and imaginative ideas to create a piece of art work. Creativity wants you to be innovative & imaginative. My mom thinks creativity means to be different from the original. My dad thinks creativity means the ability to come up with new and different ideas or to do things in a different way.

    This video tells you 29 ways to stay creative i found it very cool.



    • Gina Choi
      January 16, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Nice video Tamana

  17. Gina Choi
    January 16, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Creative Meaning:

    -Good at thinking of new idea
    -using imagination to create new things
    -make a unusual things

    Creativity Meaning:

    -ability to produce new idea
    -the things using skills and imagination
    -inventing,designing and innovation

    I talked with my mom

    love Gina 🙂

  18. Stefan
    January 16, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    I think that being creative is to…

    – Come up with new ideas,
    – Use your imagination
    – Create new things
    – Do things that nobody has done before
    – Think outside the box.
    – Doing something new.

  19. January 16, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Hi everyone!

    Today my mom, dad and I discussed about being creative. She thinks that being creative is to make new ways of things such as learning, laws, rules, etc. ssed about being creative. She thinks that being creative is to make new ways of things such as learning, laws, rules, etc. My dad thinks that being creative is to have unique ideas and always think in new ways. For me I think creative means to have perspectives of your own and don’t follow people. I think creative also means to be more independent and think about your ideas. Also I think creative means to do new things and always be a thinker to wonder and more. Finally I want to say that making things that aren’t alive or you can’t talk to can be a good friend. If you have your imagination you could actually do lots of things!
    See you,

  20. 19vint
    January 16, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Creativity is variation and having different results, so you create something else which is different from what you already have, something different from the normal way of thinking- From 0 you create 1, and then from 1 you can create 2 or anything else. Creativity and innovation are like cousins.Usually, creativity is the beginning of innovation. There are many different ways of defining creativity. A good example of this was Steve Jobs. He didn’t think up all his products on his own or with his company. He observed other companies’ products and strived to make them better in his own unique way.You must use imagination, because imagination is a way of thinking that creates change and if there is no imagination the thing in front of you will not change.
    Creativity needs courage, because if you are too afraid to try something out, you will never get any results, positive or negative, so nothing will happen. This is Trial and error. If you never step out, there will be no journey. “A journey of a thousand li starts beneath one’s feet(千里之行,始于足下)”- Laozi(老子). This is often translated into English as ‘A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step’.
    Usually, creativity is the beginning of innovation. There are many different ways of defining creativity.


  21. 19vint
    January 16, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Here is a creative video about being creative:

  22. Melis
    January 17, 2012 at 11:09 am

    What does creative mean?

    Being creative means think outside the box, using your imagination, expressing yourself and not being scared of taking risks.

    What does it mean to be creative?

    It means to think outside the box and taking risks, using your imagination and being unique.

    What does creativity mean?

    I think creativity means to use the green hat and blue hat and I know I have said this a lot but it also means thinking outside the box.

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