Use a wide range of idea creation techniques (such as brainstorming).
Create new and worthwhile ideas (both incremental and radical concepts).
Elaborate, refine, analyze and evaluate their own ideas in order to improve and maximize creative efforts.
Work Creatively with Others
Develop, implement and communicate new ideas to others effectively.
Be open and responsive to new and diverse perspectives; incorporate group input and feedback into the work.
Demonstrate originality and inventiveness in work and understand the real world limits to adopting new ideas.
Demonstrate Courage to Explore
View failure as an opportunity to learn; understand that creativity and innovation is a long-term, cyclical process of small success and frequent mistakes.
Act on creative ideas to make a tangible and useful contribution to the field in which the innovation will occur.
Student Learning Targets:
Skills (Performance) Targets
Exemplary and Exceeds Proficiency
Demonstrates high levels of curiosity, imagination, tenacity, and a sense of humor in exploring new concepts and ideas.
Displays a sophisticated understanding of and empathy for the context of a problem.
Comfortably takes risks, tolerates ambiguity, learns from mistakes, and displays a willingness to grow.
Often identifies problems or challenges before others are aware of them.
Critically examines conventional or authoritarian assertions; challenges one’s own assertions or beliefs; willingly expresses unconventional and possibly unpopular ideas.
Is curious, flexible, and open to ambiguity in exploring ideas; consistently challenges existing parameters or ideas.
Clearly describes the larger context surrounding the issue with few errors.
Displays sufficient willingness to challenge and go beyond one’s underlying assumptions/beliefs when exploring ideas and solutions.
Consistently perseveres in exploring ideas when encountering moments of failure or constructive criticism; shows resilience in situations in which failure is part of the experience.
Has a clear vision of the end product or performance.
Displays sufficient resilience when confronted with production challenges or setbacks; is confident and able to take calculated risks and adapt plans.
Is beginning to develop curiosity, flexibility, and openness to ambiguity in exploring ideas, but needs encouragement and support; sometimes challenges existing parameters or ideas.
Describes the larger context surrounding the issue with few errors, but the description may lack clarity.
Is beginning to show willingness to challenge and go beyond one’s underlying assumptions or beliefs when exploring ideas and solutions.
Usually perseveres in exploring ideas when encountering moments of failure or constructive criticism.
Has a vision of the end product or performance.
Is beginning to display resilience when confronted with production challenges or setbacks, but sometimes lacks confidence and ability to take calculated risks and adapt plans.
Describes and explores ideas in black-and-white terms with little attention given to diverse points of view (or “shades of gray”); displays low tolerance for ambiguity; rarely challenges existing parameters or ideas.
Pursues simple questions that lead to a limited understanding of the full context of the question or problem.
Represents a single, often inflexible, perspective in pursuing ideas.
Frequently stops exploring ideas when encountering moments of failure or constructive criticism.
Has an unclear vision of the end product or performance. Frequently uses a single, inflexible method for producing products.