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Do Something Different 2 – Wear something different

„Wear something different. Not just the stuff that’s in the back of your closet, but rather the stuff that’s in your garage, your roommates closet, your car, or the local hardware store. What can you wear? What limitations do you put on yourself about what you wear? (Only pink? Only cotton? Only store bought? Only clothes? Only Chanel?). Plan it. Wear it all day and document a portion of your day out in public, with photos and video. Note that ‚wearing‘ means using covering some portion of your body and doing it in a visible manner, for an extended period of time. Your change should be visible to an observant person.“ (Course: Creative Problem Solving)

I planned to wear an origami hat. Completely folded and decorated with origami pieces. Because I have a lot to do with origami this seemed a good idea. The day before the activity I folded a newspaper hat like we did in my childhood and I looked for origami pieces I already had and additional created some new. When I went to bed I was able to see my product on the floor. And I liked it.Origamihut

Waking up in the morning I felt very bad to wear this hat the whole day. I feared what could happen. But I did it. And it was an surprising experience.

Most time I work with children and when I came to a children’s daycare in the morning the reaction was very positive. Here it seems to be quiet normal to look a little different and suddenly I discovered also a little dragon running around. Are there often children in costumes? I had never cared about. I remembered the documentation and asked a child to take a photo and this stayed the only one together with others. DSCI0437Many I met this day asked me what the hat is for and I often answered „It’s a homework.“ By the time my mood became better and better. I smiled in the  direction of  my neighbor and talked with him and his friend. I was really quick in my work, found better solutions for the problems with the children and when I went  to my work at school at noon a part of the schoolyard became a place for really creative work with straws, sticks, strings, tape and a scissor and children created different things out of their imagination. And: this was not planned!

First when I had arrived I had feel very unsure and feared someone would come and tell me that I can’t work when I wear this hat and are not dressed in an ordinary way. But nothing happened. I was in an astonishing flow while answering questions, smiling, helping, taking care for the children’s needs, and feeling the whole time like on a wave of cheerfulness. I DSCI0436forgot everything about assessment and was hopping around like a little sparrow. No more photos were made to document my actions. Everything was far away. Only this flow was left. I went to town and bought new straws because all were used by the children. My steps were like dancing and I smiled at all people.

And it was very interesting. People I meet were not behaving different from other days, but I noticed when I had passed some turned around and looked a little bit from the side. I did everything like on other days, but the whole time this smile and the flow feeling stayed.

I was so sorry when I had to go home because I had to continue my work there. I liked it so much to wear this hat among others with the feeling of happiness I got.  This origami hat enabled a part of my person that is joyful, happy and a little bit above all sorrows to come out and play.  And I discovered that I like this person really much and would like to meet her more often. And would like to have her with me when I am in contact with others.

And who wants to know how the story continued, take a look at this place.

Do Something Different 1 – The Day After

DSCI0368I used this blog to post my first assignment from the MOOC Creative Problem Solving but the story had an open end and continued after the submission. I had a lot of dry and hard strudel left and now I will show how I solved the problem. DSCI0370

 The next day I found out when eating only small pieces the strudel seemed tasty. So I cut everything in thin slices, wrapped them in foil, put all in a big box and carried this with me to my work. And I asked everybody (mostly children) if they like to taste it. Then I offered little crumbs for testing and if the strudel was liked they could choose one (they had different size). I really wanted not to throw something. After half an hour the box was empty and nobody had thrown his or her piece.

What was still left were crumbs at home and these were mostly from the hard and dry edging, not good enough  to give away. So for dinner this day I had strudel crumbs with vanilla sauce. And this was really tasty.

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Vanillesauce

I was very satisfied. Nothing was wasted. And the next day some children asked me if I am carrying something with me again.  In the end an interesting experience – and I was proud of the solutions I had found. Unexpected ones! Reality is quiet different from the ideas in the mind. Realization has always prepared to make necessary adjustments.

Do Something Different 1 – Eat something different

This is the first assignment for the course „Creative Problem Solving“.

What to do: „Conceptualize, plan in advance and eat something different. Eat something different; that is, eat something completely different, not something that has been just left out of your diet; suggestions: a different culture, an entirely new creation, or a different manner or definition of eating. You should understand that this is not an assignment solely about food, but about the process of eating, literally and figuratively. Again, plan and implement your plan; report on the results.“

What I planned: I have lots of cookbooks in my kitchen from the times when there was not Internet and people had recipes either in their head, in books written by oneself or in specialized cookbooks. My idea was to close my eyes, go to the shelf, grab a book, open it and chose a recipe. All with closed eye. I gave three chances to me, so I had the possibility to find a recipe I had never tried before. Than I planned to look if the ingredients are already in my stores and maybe buy what is missed. If the recipe would result in an amount too big to eat alone I planned to take everything with me to my job and share with the kids I am working with.

What I did: I waited nearly until the last moment. Two days before the deadline I went to my shelf DSCI0359and first I found a recipe I already knew, repeated graping with the same effect, and only the last trial gave me a recipe I never tried before. It was a strudel. I never tried to create it because you have to roll a really really thin pastry. Also I usually make cake only for family celebration and then I chose a recipe where I am sure that it will be successful. So in the end I had found my special food, I thought. There were only some nuts to buy, but as mentioned – I had not really much time.

But soon my  ingredients where prepared and waited for me on the kitchen table. DSCI0353I thought: „OK, it’s an experiment. And for class. And if it doesn’t work it will be still fun. But there was no time left to share with the kids. Look for someone else? And when the strudel is awful? Maybe cut 7 pieces for each day of the week and eat 1 piece each day until the next deadline? To remember?Gerollt

I prepared the pastry. It had to rest half an hour in a warm pot Why? I prepared the filing, I cleaned the dishes. Then I took the pastry out of the pot. A whole strudel for one person! And no birthday and no festival. But why not? 400 gr of nuts. That’s a lot! How to eat that all?

I rolled the pastry. Thin, thinner. 50 x 70 cm. I used a ruler. Thinner. Measuring. Thinner. 50 x 70 cm. Ready. I placed the filling. I rolled the strudel. I placed it nicely on the backing sheet. Proud! It looked so good! Or not? A little bit strange it looks on the picture below. Into the oven. Half an hour. 5 Minutes powdered sugar. Ready!

DSCI0358Good smell! Good taste? I wanted to decorate and then cut it .creativity2

While decorating I returned to what I always do. The only difference was that it was only for me. Nobody else. I never made pastry only for me before. Never. Only now. But it felt not really different. I expected something special. But it’s not. Sorry! I tasted it and it was awful! It was dry. It was hard. It became bigger and bigger in my mouth! How to swallow? I had to drink. Seven pieces! How to eat? And I can’t offer it to somebody else. Not this quality! It’s no joy. It’s a torture. Creativity1

I chew. I swallow. I chew. I swallow. I drink a little bit. It doesn’t help. There are big crumbs around my teeth. It’s awful. But I eat it all. Slowly. It takes me one and a half hour for one piece and I feel completely filled. Tomorrow the same? And the day after tomorrow? And the next? And so on a whole week? There will not be much space for other food the next days. And where to keep it? So it’s not getting bad? With these sticks on top? But I will try. What an awful experiment! I want back the food I know. And were I know I like it! And I don’t know what to do now. I can’t throw food that is still eatable. Eatable? Is it really eatable?

EinzelnWhat I learned: This moment I don’t know how the story will end. It was an interesting idea to choose a recipe with closed eyes. I also liked it to make a strudel and that I made it only for me. And it was a nice change in daily life that I decorated it like there was birthday when it was only a quite normal day. But most important for me is that I like the taste of the food I eat. That’s more important than all the surrounding circumstances. And quite often I reach that I like the taste of the food also when I am cooking for me alone and often I create new things just out of ordinary food. In this experiment of creativity I did something different than usual. AufgegessenI followed a strict guideline in preparation and concentrated the creativity on the surroundings. But this is not the best way to be creative with food. Interesting and satisfying taste comes first. All other factors are subordinated! I think I don’t have to change something with my food habit. Not in relation to cooking habits. And the beautiful or interesting decoration cannot help when to taste of the food is not satisfying!

If you like you can visit me and take all the strudel away! And maybe I will find out meanwhile what I can do with dry and hard and stuffing strudel…a new challenge for creativity!

And who wants to know how the story continued, take a look at this place.