Character Quality of the Month
August 2018

(vs. Underachievement)

Approaching a need, a task, or an idea from a new perspective

To practice Creativity I will:

Creativity is not one of the first character qualities that is named when asked for a list. Creativity is a combination of optimism and determination with a little boldness. Using these qualities together allows you to boldly question assumptions, believe that there is a solution and continue to try and re-try until a problem is solved - creatively. Creativity is not only about solving problems but how you approach whatever you do. Teachers can be creative in lesson planning, supervisors can be creative in how they manage change, parents can be creative in how they teach values. It is a choice to do something normal in a way that will be remembered better. Many people think of creativity as a random thought that just pops up but creative people prepare to be creative. They are usually avid readers and have various interests. They are always open to new ideas and usually ask lots of questions. In some cases, creativity is applying knowledge from one area to another. In others, it is just breaking something down into its components and applying known principles to replace the pieces with something fun or funny.

This month, think outside the box to find a creative solution to a problem that plagues you regularly.

"Imagination rules the world. " - Napoleon

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. " - Pablo Picasso


In My School

Educator Bulletin on Creativity

Robin's Reading List

Looking at Creativity Through the Eyes of Trauma

The Character Council also offers faith-based resources for use in religious schools, church groups and families.

Creativity page