CREATIVITY LABS I and II
The purpose of Inner-City Arts' Creativity Labs in downtown Los Angeles was to encourage students to pursue tasks and design challenges using creative thinking and creative problem solving.
The Labs sought to stretch students' thinking skills relevant to creative thinking, and just as importantly, to boost their motivations to pursue their goals creatively.
CRoC used guided, systematic observations, student surveys, and student journals to assess the Lab during its pilot year and for one subsequent Lab.
The students in the Lab, who came with their teachers from 4th grade classrooms nearby, were lively, engaged, and happy. They worked in pairs, groups, and alone and had that flexibility within and across projects. Students interacted fluidly with the lead instructor, assistants, and their classroom teachers.
The Labs were energetic, fun, visually delightful, and stimulating contributors to language learning, which is in stark contrast to many traditional classrooms.