Flying back from Thanksgiving break, we had a long layover in Denver, so we rented a car and drove down to Colorado Springs to visit the Garden of the Gods. This location is a great place to be inspired by nature for creative thinking. The sheer magnitude of the sculpted rocks inspire you to think bigger than oneself. The intricate designs have multiple possible formations and inspire variation in ideas. The hiking trails get the blood flowing and give clarity to the mind. The majestic overlooks are awe-inspiring and a sense of grandeur. Such diversity, majesty, elegance and color foster a space for creativity.
One's environment can really help foster or hinder creativity. I found it very interesting about Brasilia that although the city was created as an ideal city, no one wanted to really live there and be in the city except to work due to the cold abstract design of the city structure. More than just abstract design is necessary, one must also take into account the organic nature of the needs of the inhabitants and the desires and creativity of the individuals.
In the classroom, even with a newly designed structure of space in the classroom, the use of the space wasn't determined by the design of the classroom – it was determined by the instructors and students in the classroom. When trying a new layout for the classroom, it would be utterly foolish to design the format without talking to the teachers and students first as to what they want to be able to do in the space. We need to listen and facilitate more than dictate and enforce change upon others.
Technology Facilitator at Calvary Christian Schools. High School Science Teacher since 2008.
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