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I’ve Got Another Idea was designed to extend the creativity of your students and to provide them with opportunities to stretch their imaginations. The open-ended activities focus of the cognitive and affective pupil behaviors described in Frank E. Williams’ Model: fluent thinking, complexity, curiosity, and imagination.
In order to make creative decisions, children must first speculate on what might be rather than to focus on what is. They must learn to see things from others’ viewpoints. They must learn to restate problems in order to recognize the true problems and to produce and consider a variety of alternate solutions to those problems.
Teachers, therefore, are urged to encourage youngsters to defer judgment of their ideas until they have produced many alternatives. They should remind them that there are no “right” or “wrong” answers so that children will let their imaginations run wild. Praise their most creative, unusual ideas and they, in turn, will be motivated to produce clever, original ideas in addition to the obvious, habitual ones!