Creativity Inventory

Let’s try to measure creativity!

Taos by Kate Sharunenko, art teacher
Taos by Kate Sharunenko, art teacher

As an art educator, creativity has always been a topic of interest, and I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what it is and paying attention to what other educators and artists have to say about it. One day all of this thinking landed me on my couch with my sketchbook writing down a list of qualities that I believe to be aspects of creativity.┬áThe list included things like curiosity, persistence, questioning, exploration, imagination, and comfort with uncertainty.

I put these ideas together, each with a rating scale, to be used by the student (self assessment) or teacher (student assessment), preferably on several occasions over time, to capture impressions of creative characteristics and monitor changes of those qualities. Because this is a rating scale based on perception (of self or other) it is clearly not in the same category as a “standards-based” assessment tool. There is no target score that students should achieve or expectation that all of these attributes would measure equally high or low. It is simply a way to monitor progress.

I’d love for you to give it a try, test it out, let me know what you think. Suggest edits. Maybe, together, we can make this better and more useful.



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