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Hoagies' Blog Hop: Creativity and Productivity

Creativity and Productivity. Gifted individuals frequently need to move beyond the rules. We play a game (or we play at life) with normal rules once, and then the rules need to be changed, expanded, adapted because they have this need to be part of the process, never just accepting what they're given. It's when they have choices A, B, & C and instead have to come up with option D mixed with a bit of F, since simply accepting or going along with someone else's point of view would be unthinkable. What does Gifted Creativity and Productivity mean to you?

Don't miss our previous Blog Hops on related topics, including Blog Hop: Multipotentiality and Blog Hop: The "G" Word.

If you'd like to read all our past Blog Hops or join our next Blog Hop, visit Blog Hops for all our past and future topics.  Special thanks to Pamela S. Ryan for our striking Blog Hop graphics!

 
Ignite creative fire in your gifted child by Gail Post in Gifted Challenges
Gifted children, in particular, thrive when given free reign to express their creative interests. Intrinsically motivated and intellectually curious, when comfortable expressing their creative ideas and inspirations, they engage fully in school. When these instincts are thwarted by too many rules, boredom in the classroom, or an emphasis on outcome and performance, they may comply, but their creative drive is sacrificed...
 
Meet Your Muse by Paula Prober, Your Rainforest Mind
Maybe we all have Muses. After all, everyone needs inspiration. No matter what we're doing. An inspiring spirit with creative ideas? What's not to like?
 
Rules for Being Our Gifted Selves by Ana Maria, Gifted Culture Project
I offer two rules that my ten-plus years of academic and professional experience have taught me about the ways of the jungle. Two brave and important exercises that have become daily practices for me and, while I may be a long way from perfecting them, thatís ok because perfection was never the point. I practice to set myself free from the limits and faults that I was taught by cultures that didnít know how to make sense of me...
 
Creativity and Productivity by Linda Wallin, Living with Geniuses
Productivity can be unrelated to creativity, such as my productivity making cathode ray tubes at the Methode factory south of town. A group of college kids worked there in the summer, making the tubes and computer parts that probably don't exist now. We were very productive, but I wouldn't say it involved any creativity. And I come from family of people who started lots of things they didn't finish. Is it productivity if it is something that never gets used?

However, productivity is important in the workplace of ideas...
 
Natural Innovators by Heather in Wonder Schooling
This innovation, this ability to think outside the box, is a huge asset that will serve him well later in life -- if we can figure out how to navigate these early years in a way that celebrates and channels his creative impulses.

That is the big challenge for us as parents and educators - how can we celebrate this unique ability to think in unorthodox ways, not squash their enthusiasm, but also help them learn when it would be helpful for them to choose to follow directions and be part of the group...
 
Beyond a Definition, the Creative Experience by Jessie in CounterNarration
Just what is creativity anyway? Your answer will surely differ depending on whether you're a creative thinking instructor trying to sell a a training seminar to respectable and highly credentialed professionals, or a grown-up gifted kid seeking respite from her cubicle and hoping to bring a splash of color back to the workplace...

 
At the intersection of creativity and life by Jen Merrill, Laughing at Chaos
Life is messy. It zigs when you think it'll zag, chases rainbows through the mud, never remembers to remove its shoes when it comes in the house. My natural tendency is to work before play, to tidy up life before diving into the creativity ball pit of fun, to deny myself the restorative act of creativity until a future "later." News flash: that doesn't work. Work is never done, life refuses to be tidied, and denying myself creativity is as moronic as denying myself oxygen.

So again, it's a balance...
 
If you'd like to read all our past Blog Hops or join our next Blog Hop, visit Blog Hops for our past and future topics.  Special thanks to Pamela S. Ryan for our striking Blog Hop graphics!

Updated June 01, 2019


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