The Creative “I” — Variations on a Theme

Creativity
based on the hymn Earth and All Stars by Herb Brokering

Creativity is not magic
Nor is it genius bestowed unto you
Knowledge and skill put to good use
Combinations – create something new

You can create from your knowledge, you know
Just twist those knobs and connect things.

Experience – it is essential
Students and teachers need diversity
Chances to play.  Explore the world.
Grow creativity every day

You can create from your knowledge, you know
Just twist those knobs and connect things

It’s not that hard.  Give it a shot
Variations on a theme is where you start
Find hidden knobs based on your learning
Twist them and create something new today

You can create from your knowledge, you know
Just twist those knobs and connect things.

To hear me sing my beautiful creation, click here.  (Please remember there is a reason I do not sing karaoke.)


What I have learned from this assignment and the reading is that creativity is a skill that needs to be practiced and developed just like any other – and it is use it or lose it.  I also have learned that creativity is more likely to occur when a person finds the connections between two pieces of knowledge that may seem completely unrelated.  For example, the song above is a mix of my learning from the article and a hymn that has been an important part of my life.  For me, this hymn works because it was originally written for congregations to create additional verses and I have recreated this song previously into lullabies for my children.  As a result, I was able to create something entirely new by making those connections between my new learning and my past experiences.  Taking this into my professional life, it emphasizes my already held belief that providing students with experiences is the most important thing we can do.  If a student’s world consists of home and school, they have a very limited resource base from which to draw when learning and creating.

Henriksen, D., Mishra, P., & the Deep-Play research group (2014). Twisting knobs and connecting things: Rethinking Technology & Creativity in the 21st Century. Tech Trends, (58)1, P. 15-1

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