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Curiosity

einstein - i have no special talents

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Curiosity by @bryanMMathers is licenced under CC-BY-ND

What if I just tweak it a little? Change the colours slightly, or make it into a repeating pattern? Or a character? If it could speak, what would it say? Curiosity is creativity’s playful little cousin (Tinker?) – always getting up to mischief…

I came across this quote on curiosity doing some work for Ada College, the UK’s National College for Digital Skills (I’m a big fan). I was invited to come along to the first day with the first cohort and create thinkery from conversations had with staff and students, who were, and are, brilliant.

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Eye

the eye is the window to the soul

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It’s a two way deal.

Once you’ve seen something, you can’t unsee it.

Equally, the interpretation of what you see is a product of things you’ve seen and experiences you’ve had so far.

Eye. Even the english word is a palindrome; it’s a two way deal.

 

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New Project? Every time…

Starting new projects - is it just me?

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The biggest waste of time is the time spent not getting started. Why do I allow myself to be held captive by irrational worries? Once I start a project, I begin to see it for what it is. And sure enough, the ideas come and I don’t need to fear it anymore. I start to enjoy the process of figuring out the puzzle…

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Creative Constraints

Creative Constraint

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One of my favourite classical works is Franz Liszt’s piano remix of Beethoven’s nine symphonies (here’s Gould playing No 6). He filters what what was created for an orchestra, squeezes it for two hands and one instrument. For me, it created a bridge to access and appreciate the original; a way in…

Black pen on white paper.

It’s a creative constraint that I’ve grown to love. Boil it down, then let it evolve.

Created whilst reviewing Intention: Critical Creativity in the Classroom by Amy Burvall and Dan Ryder.

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Wikipedia – Active vs Passive learning

Horrible Histories? Absolute genius. I’m sure it’s creation needs deep understanding in order to use the weapon of humour around a topic. I’ve found the same is true with imagery (indeed Horrible Histories uses imagery so well), and so I love it when my son is able to deploy his own Visual Thinkery in school homework – which often contains humour too, if he thinks he can get away with it. Teach to learn…

This off-the-cuff comment by Lucy Crompton-Reid at the recent OER conference resonated with me, and it illustrates one of the simplest techniques of creating thinkery: to draw out the contrast between two things.

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