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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - June 23, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa How Can Creativity Be Fostered? Th* Odar Rapids Gazette: Sun., June 23, 1974 By Judy Daubenmier Should creativity ho equated with originality? Is it .something possessed by all children? How can it he fostered? Those questions were dis* cussed in a workshop on creativity sponsored by the Joint County school system last week at the Joint County building, 4401 Sixth street SW. The workshop was conducted by Joint County personnel Mildred Norris and Kimm 0223320 Stastny, and Billie Farr, elementary teacher at Noelridge elementary school. It dealt with understanding creativity, being creative, and fostering creativity in children. Creativity does not mean originality, Stastny said. “Creativity is the process of discovering things around you and how you can interact with them. If creativity were equated with originality, the child could never be creative because everything he does has been done long before. There is really nothing original, some people say, just variations on a theme,” Stastny said. “Sensory awareness Is a key element in creativity. So it comes down to a question of how do you help children become more aware of the things around them?” To demonstrate this to the teachers in the workshop, Stastny had them look for the sensory characteristics of an orange, make unusual sounds, and study noses. He urged teachers to provide children with Opportunities for developing their sensory mechanisms. “Once you have this heightened awareness of the things around you,” Stastny said, “then you can use it to develop a framework for your imagination, lf you hear a noise like a buzzing saw, you can imagine a girl tied up on a conveyor belt moving toward the saw.” The next step is to apply skills to give form to the imagined .situation. Mrs. Norris and Mrs. Farr suggested ideas for teachers to employ in the classroom to motivate youngsters to be creative. Some of the activities were performed by the 20 Editor’s Note: "Dear Genie" is prepared under the auspices of the Linn County Heritage society. Questions should have an Iowa connection, must he kept to a 50-word limit and clearly printed or typed. They will he published on a space-available basis. They should be sent directly to Dear Genie, P O. Box 175, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 52406. Names and addresses must be included because readers who can help will send answers directly to the questioner. Dear Genie, Wish to contact descendants of Mahlon, Elizabeth, Zury, Hiram, Lucinda (married Joseph Varner) and Jonathan Jones, brothers and sisters of my great-great-grandfather, Nathaniel Jones, and his twin Daniel Jones. Most of them living in Linn county 1880s and later. Mrs. Faye Glessner, 2523 Franklin avenue NE, Cedar Rapids, la., 52402. * * * Need information on former resident of Princeton, la., Elijah Denman Smith, born July 24, 1859, married Victoria May Bell. Data on Elijah’s parents would help. Believe part of family also lived in Fulton, 111. It P. Nichols, Lincoln Towers, Apt. 1705, 520 S. 2nd, Springfield, 111. 62705. *    *    * Want information on Ferdinand (Fertinan) who is thought to have lived in Linn county, la. Son of Frederick T. F. Shcneman (Schoeneman) and Margaret Ann Faust. He was born in 1809 in Somerset county, Pa., married May IO, 1829, in Holmes county, Ohio, to Mary Ann (Polly) Nighart. 1830 census, Holmes county, lists Ferdinand, Polly and one son; 1840 census doesn't show them. Some Shenemans are known to have lived in or near Cedar Rapids. Mrs. Ronald Long, Tulip Tree House No. 102, Bloomington, Ind., 47401. *    *    * Wanted: names of brothers, sisters and parents of John Flannagan who was born 1815 in County Rosecommon, ireland. Desire to contact Nora Flannagan Sullivan. Mrs. H. J. Zylstra, RR, Alburnett, la., 52202. *    *    * Attempting    to    find descendants    of    John    Spoerl,    born Milwaukee, Wis., June 26, 1852, son of George and Kunigunda Gangl Spoerl. Brother of George, jr., and Francisca. Left Wisconsin in the 1870s and was supposed to have settled in Iowa. Mrs. LeRoy F. Molitor, 2500 S. Lilac lane, New Berlin, Wis. 53151. *    *    * Joseph    W.    Bigger    came    to    Linn    county    in    1838.    Did    he have any brothers and sisters? John Riley married Mary Ellen Bigger July 22, 1841. Was she a sister of Joseph W? There were a James and Jane Wilson Bigger who had a daughter Mary Ellen. I cannot connect the two Mary Ellens. Hie family settled in Louisa county. W. E. Hee, 112 Third street SW', Cedar Rapids, la., 52404. Thinks Daniel Boone Needs Promotion Man LEASBURG, Mo. (AP)- Onondaga cave on U.S. HH here, where scenes for the film, “Tom “It seems that virtually every tourist has heard about Tom Sawyer but only a few have ,, i heard about Daniel Boone,” says Sawyer , were shot, was dis- ^^ hudson, cave manager. covered by Daniel Boone in "Boone needed a promotion man 1798.    like Mark Twain.” —Killians Summer SpecialI Women s Deck Shoes 3.33 Regularly 6.00 2 pair 6.00 Woman’s casual and comfortable sneakers add to your Summer special funl Washable canvas duck uppers. Available in navy or white. Sizes 5Va through IO. Downstairs Budget Store Only Judy Daubenmier teachers in the workshop in order to stimulate their own creativity. One group produced a film showing various kinds of sexual stereotypes, with the acting performed by the teachers themselves. The teachers were encouraged to use many different media to stimulate creativity — film, puppets, art work, and writing. The child needs a creative model, either a teacher or parent who is himself creative. Mrs. Farr suggested activities which parents can use to stimulate creativity, such as exposing the child to nature, making objects out of junk materials, reading to him, having paper and crayons, not coloring books, available for use, making up games, and keeping a daily journal of summer experiences. Mrs. Norris prepared a “creativity sampler,” a collection of creative ideas which can be applied in the classroom. “Tiki often teachers depend on commercial materials rather than on their own resources.” she said. “There are ideas for creativity right, around you that don’t cost anything.” According to Mrs. Parr, “We want to sharpen the teachers’ awareness of things around them, as well as help the teachers sharpen the child’s awareness.” Stastny emphasized that “every child has creative potential, but the potential has to be given form through a medium- art, writing, or whatever. It’s good to see what others have done in that medium.” For that reason, a good background of literature is important to creativity, Mrs. Norris said. So is the child’s self-image. “The child's feeling of Importance is vital He cannot he creative if he does not have self-worth. ‘I am an individual. I can be creative and what I create can be important. What it does to me is important, rather than its value to the world,’ ” Mrs. Norris said. She urged teachers to “accept the child’s creation and the value it has to him, rather than look for the rightness or wrongness of it. “Everybody i s creative. We’ve been emphasizing too much the high IQ. Maybe the child who isn’t so academically talented is gifted in another way,” Mrs. Norris said. Research has shown, according to Stastny, that to have creativity one must have intelligence, but to have in telligence does not necessarily mean that creativity follows. Ile added that grading creative work is necessry, but ttiat teachers should grade the child on his progress in using the specific skill performed, rather than the creative idea expressed. “How can you say one idea is better than another?” he asked. Students who have experienced years of classes which suppressed creativity are difficult to stimulate, Mrs. Norris said. They haven’t lost their creativity, Stastny said. but it has lost some of its sharpness. Stastny said the ideas given to the teachers during the workshop are intended to be used within the regular subject areas, such as writing, science, music, art, and dramatics. “Creativity” is not a course by itself, but exists within the curriculum. Stimulating creativity now in children will be laying the groundwork for a better world in the future, Mrs. Norris said. Creative children will become creative scientists and engineers who can devise creative solutions to the world’s problems. 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