Be Creative with the Dabrowski Dogs

The Brilliant Chaos Creativity Challenge for August  is to create blog posts, posters or videos relating to creating and creativity. These could also possibly be used for the International Week of Giftedness 2012/International Year of Giftedness and Creativity 2013 blogtour at http://iygc.wordpress.com/

The Dabrowski Dogs were happy to contribute a poster each on the topic Be Creative with the Dabrowski Dogs.

Here are the posters they contributed.
(Intellectual wanted me to point out that the three-way pun was intended!)

Beyond our Ken – Sprite tries to fathom the nature of creativity

This is my first entry in the Calling all Bloggers: Sir Ken Robinson blogathon.
Details of the blogathon and videos of Sir Ken Robinson speaking on creativity can be found on Joe Bower’s For the love of learning blog at http://www.joebower.org/2011/01/calling-all-bloggers-sir-ken-robinson.html?spref=tw

Like so many children, Sprite  often has unexpected observations and insights to contribute to discussions; so I decided to ask her opinion on the videos before writing my blog post.

This post  is  the transcript of  part of our conversation. (I hope to write other posts on this theme also)

Sprite: Am I creative?
Me: Yes, you can be very creative at times. (Mentally I added – Take as an example some of your excuses for not handing in your homework!
Sprite: Are you creative?
Me: I like to think I am.
Sprite:  But Sir Ken Robinson said children are creative and then they grow out of it – so does that mean you are childish?
Me: Probably.

Sprite: Why am I creative?
I resisted the urge to say “because I created you as a creative character” because I was afraid that would take us back to the ‘where did I come from?’ (See  https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2009/08/03/baby-photos/ and   https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2011/03/05/avatar-album/
I could see a conversation comparing the cartoon picture of Sir Ken to the real Sir Ken in the videos looming.

So instead I opted for deflecting attention to the influence of Dabrowski’s Overexcitabilities, particularly the Imaginational.
Me: Probably because you spend so much time with Imaginational Dabrowski!
Sprite: Do you spend time with Imaginational Dabrowski too?
Me: Yes

Sprite: We are not allowed to take dogs to school. When Mary’s dog followed her to school they rang Mary’s mother and said to come and get him and take him home. So Imaginational Dabrowski hides just outside the window. Sometimes he pretends he is a lamb and sometimes he flies around in a hot air balloon.
But I get in trouble if I watch him too long. The teacher says “Earth to Sprite – come in Sprite!”

The Dome Ain

There was no need to dismantle the geodesic dome after the #gtstoogies gathering. I found that Sprite (accompanied by Pugnacious Loyola) had claimed it for herself. She had set up her lap top and helped herself to an extra large fruit smoothie drink and was happily reading the transcripts of the #gtchat sessions ‘Can creativity be taught?’ and ‘Blogging 4 Gifted: Best Sites/Practices’ at http://wthashtag.com/transcript.php?page_id=8668&start_date=2010-09-10&end_date=2010-09-10&export_type=HTML

Arachnid was busy with web design for a new domain and Caramel Cat had regained dignity and decorum and was sleeping off the effects of the Paws for Poise cyber dog grooming parlour experience.

“You will have to update your list of blogs on Gifted Resources website! “ Sprite told me “There are lots of great blogs mentioned here in the transcript!”

“Already done!” I said. “You can read my updated collection of blogs at http://www.giftedresources.org/gr/webgifblogs.htm