In a course I am doing at the moment on Creativity, we were asked to do some Informed Thinking.
This is the task we were given:
You will inform your thinking about the scholarship of creativity studies through historical and contemporary resources. Afterwards, you will share on the blackboard some key concepts, definitions, models, theories and information that is particularly important in your eyes. This should be in the form of bulleted list of at least ten items. Each item should have a 1-2 sentence description to explain it.
We were given a curated list of videos, studies, research projects, Keynotes, visuals, documents to read/watch and then had to create our own ‘top ten’.
About half of the class have done the assignment and it is really interesting to see what others pulled out as ‘important’ or stand-out ideas. It is also really interesting to think about yourself as a reader/viewer when ideas you never heard of appear in someone else’s list. And it is a great way to summarize and inform your thinking in preparation for the follow-up task (which is to apply the new learning).
This would be a great way to guide students through the research phase of a unit that is heavy in names/dates, theories/ideas. One of the group said she is planning on using this during her G5 Governance unit.
I chose to add pictures to the mix in addition to the one or two sentences. I love icons (shout out to the Noun Project) and it helped me to consolidate my chosen ideas into a visual image.
Can you use this in your classroom?