In my job, I get the opportunity to talk with lots of teachers about lots of topics that fall under creativity, like makerspaces and sketchnotes. I should use the word talk fairly lightly. While I do love to share my passions for creativity and inquiry with others, I like to take on the role of architect to design experiences for teachers to test out their creativity skills where they are the ones doing the talking and sharing. When we often get started, one common response to "Let's start creating!", is "What?!" "No, I'm not creative." Yet, I am an eternal optomist when it comes to creating. I am one of those people that believes that everyone is a creator. Everyone is creative.
Yet, I had this same experience today during a staff meeting. We were asked to translate the main topic from the 2016 Horizons Report into a visual format. Since many of the people in the group know that I've played with sketchnotes, they seemed to assume that I would do the creating. They seemed a bit surprised when I turned to them and said, "Let's all take a word or phrase." And after the initial "What?!" and "I can't" we were on our way!
And the creativity of others never ceases to amaze me! Some of my favorite visualizations were created by other people, I circled a few of my favs. I love the witches' hat representing Wicked Challenges and the glasses tied to Relevance.
Everyone has creativity inside of them. EVERYONE, no one is exempt. They just have to squash that initial gut reaction of thinking that you can't and start saying "I can!" I know that I'm not Sylvia Duckworth, but I love to create and doodle. It makes me happy and gives me a place for the creativity to funnel out of me. So, when you feel words, "I can't" bubble up in your throat, stop yourself short and say "I can!"