Creativity is an innate component of being human. Many of us use processes and inquiry every day to arrive at creative solutions to problems. Many of us expect students to arrive at creative solutions, without equipping them with appropriate tools. Recognising and naming the process and inquiry stages we use, enables us to teach these processes and inquiry skills to our students, so they all can arrive at creative solutions.

Within all of our BOSTES curriculum documents we have key competencies which are being replaced with the general capabilities embedded into the National Curriculum. Inquiry Learning is a cornerstone concept within the International Baccalaureate. These documents espouse the notions and ideas involved with creative and inquiry process, but do not identify suggested practical scaffolds. This is not an authentic representation of creative method.

Learning Think Table: Learning think table – final version

Recognising the stages of the creative process and inquiry means we can identify the affective domain. These are the emotions that are involved. The frustrations; excitement, joy, fear, anger or boredom. As the teacher you can reassure students that this is a ‘normal’ reaction and assure them that following the creative process & inquiry will result in a positive outcome. More importantly you can also intervene and provide support materials to guide their journey.

Guided inquiry design framework: V2 – Guided Inquiry Design Framework – with focus on Affective domain an…
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Facilitators: Cathy Hill, Corinna Bailey