Monday, August 3, 2015

Unit 4: Classroom Creativity Manifesto

A few years back, the founders of Holstee came together and penned how they wanted to define success. This included broad life statements like "When you eat, appreciate every last bite," "Getting lost with help you find yourself," and "Do what you love and do it often." In 2009, the teamed up with designer Rachael Beresh, to transform their thoughts into what would become a famous letterpress poster, called Holstee’s Manifesto.

Since then, this poster has been mimicked hundreds of times and, chances are, you’ll find some variation of the idea in your local home decor store. Side note: the idea of the manifesto has been playfully mocked. There’s a slew of generators that incoherently pull together strings of rhetoric.

For this artifact challenge, construct the Creativity Manifesto for your classroom. If you wish to design it online, you can use an web-based editing tool such as Canva. If you want to be a little more simplistic, take advantage of a rich text editor that allows you to change font size and styling or simply draw it out on a whiteboard and snap a photo. Consider the following when completing the project:

1. How have the constraints of the medium that you have chosen to design with affected your end product? For instance, if you used a whiteboard and only had one color, you might have found yourself making different statements big and bold. If you had multiple colors, the size may have not mattered at all to you.

2. What are some of the broader life principles students take away from what you teach? To what degree have you integrated your own life lessons into the learning experience?

3. Are the ideas that you have identified with your manifesto juxtaposed with traditional learning objectives?

4. Please share your Creativity Manifesto test and/or image in a comment, or provide a link if you’ve created your manifesto on a blog or other external site.

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