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PRESBYTERIAN DAY SCHOOL TEACHER PHILIP CUMMINGS’S OBERVATIONS

Philip Cummings, a participant in our July 2012 Master Class in Memphis, shared his blog entries from the weeklong class.

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The first tool John shared was teaching students how to use FFOE to assess their creative thinking. As a sample activity, John explained that he would show the students a coffee mug and ask them to brainstorm ways that the mug can be used other than as a container (i.e a door stop, a paperweight, a drum, etc.). At first they will find it hard to think this way, but as they practice, they will become better at it.

FFOE stands for:

  • Fluency – producing as many ideas as one possibly can
  • Flexibility – producing ideas that demonstrate variety or different approaches
  • Originality – producing ideas that are unique or unusual
  • Elaboration – producing ideas with detail or enriched characteristics

There’s far more great tidbits contained in his fabulous series of blog postings from the week: