Paul Torrance, the "father of creativity" identified a
framework for defining creativity (Torrance, 1976). There are four areas of creativity that we will be focusing on this year: fluency, flexibility, elaboration, and originality.
Fluency is the the number of ideas one can produce relating to a given situation or topic. This Creativity Critter (developed by Angela Hartle, see Teachers Pay Teachers) wants MORE ! MORE! More! That's why he has so many eyeballs and there are so many numbers in his thought bubble. He is always asking, "How Many Ideas can I think of?" An example of a fluency question might be "How many things can you think of to do with a spoon, besides eating with it?"
Flexibility is the ability to think about a problem in many, many different ways. This creativity critter is very flexible. Not flexible with her body like a ballerina or a football player, but flexible with her mind. This critter will look at a word like “run” and think about running feet, running water, a running washing machine, running a contest and even running her mouth! That’s a lot of different ways to think about one word!The key question this critter always asks is, “How many different ways can I look at this?”