Protocol Overview and Instructions:
Even younger students know their favorites in terms of which part of the Creative Sequence they prefer to work within. In order to help them, a simpler version of the assessment has been developed for them (it can be used by all age groups). This version is called the Creative DNA.
Creative DNA Assessment Protocol Instructions
I attempted this strategy at a strange time of the school year, as I have already had my students for many weeks. Overall, however, it went well. In many ways it confirmed what I already knew about my students. Additionally, it also helped me to learn new things about them too. Students liked being able to identify which color their skills most aligned with. I still struggle to use this information to effectively create groups, but I have been trying to get better.
“The Creative DNA was a fun way for students to self-reflect on their skills and talents. At the same time, it helped me realize the strengths and weaknesses of my class.”
“I liked the color-coded questions. We don’t use colors often enough in high school and color makes things fun.”
Meet the Educator:
I am a 10th year social studies teacher at Hamilton High School. I have been experimenting with PBL / design thinking for 5 years. I have participated in the iChallengeU program for three years and the FuturePrep’d Academy for one. Overall I have found PBL to be invigorating for my teaching.
“Using PBL in my classroom has sparked fun, engagement, and creativity. I find that the protocols are well-liked by students and help to keep my lessons more diverse and interesting.”