GOAL: to interweave a variety of perspectives into a tapestry of ideas in which each student’s thoughts,
experience, and insights contribute important elements to the conversation as a whole.
MOTIVATIONAL PITCH: Ever wish you had a personal trainer for your brain? This discussion is specifically
designed to give you a rigorous mental workout to strengthen your conscious awareness and beef up your
cognitive reserves. Given ample time and effort, this discussion should stretch your brain’s flexibility in order to
build more powerful brain function.
GOAL OF SKILLS MASTERY: In the exploration phase of the discussion, your goal is to identify and articulate
your thoughts on creativity according to discussion directions contained in the file below. Essentially, the
purpose of the exploration phase of the discussion is to examine creativity from an academic as well as a
personal standpoint. To accomplish this, you will apply divergent thinking, synthesize information, select a
quotation that encompasses the main message, and establish the significance/relevance of various aspects of
creativity to society as well as to you individually. In the reflection phase of the discussion, you should provide
meaningful interpretive analysis and practice critical thinking skills. In essence, the purpose of this conversation
is to exchange ideas in meaningful ways and, in the end, consider things from multiple perspectives.
LEARNING OUTCOMES: In the exploration phase of the discussion, sifting through the information to identify
and summarize main ideas and key points helps fine-tunes your strategic attention, hones your ability to
prioritize the importance and relevance of information and employs convergent thinking skills. Creating
discussion questions exercises divergent thinking skills. Responding to teammates’ questions and engaging in
ongoing, deepening conversations demonstrate integrated reasoning, synthesis, analysis, and metacognitive
NOTE: Spelling, punctuation, grammar, etc. will all be taken into consideration in assessing your grade, and
points will be deducted for the use of slang or texting abbreviations