At OCSI we want all of our students to create. Sometimes people hear that word create and think that it is only for artists. Or it is only about the real standouts, like Einstein and Thomas Edison. Or it is only about the sudden “ah-ha!” moments, like the apple on Sir Newton’s head or the lightening bolt on Benjamin Franklin’s kite. Or that it’s something some people have and some don’t.

However, recent research contradicts all of these common myths. We now know that all children have a capacity to create, and that we can nurture that capacity at all levels and in all classes by cultivating curiosity, flexible thinking, imagination, persistence, discipline, collaboration, and self-evaluation.

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At OCSI we want our students to create ideas, products, and solutions. And we’re excited that middle school students are doing just that:

  • 6th grade readers responded to a story by creating comics, slideshows, drawings, or inventions.
  • 7th grade geographers taught classmates about the Indian subcontinent. To do this, they created their own lessons plans and solutions to problems they came across as they prepared to teach.
  • 7th grade mathematicians created a work proposal to repaint the basketball courts at Sera-en. They used composite figures and geometry to calculate surface area for paint, and then considered labor and overhead as well.
  • 7th and 8th grade scientists used research to find an unanswered question they are interested in. Next they will create a science fair project to answer it.
  • 8th grade Bible students created a timeline of the book of Acts, visualizing events and drawing them.

In high school…

  • Computer apps students created a new website for Keystone Nazarene Church that addresses each of the needs of the client in creative ways.
  • PE students learned the basics of line dancing and then worked in groups to create their own line dance, which they performed for and taught to their classmates.
  • 10th grade readers and writers created another “book” of The Odyssey where Odysseus lands on Okinawa and the ancient Greeks meet the ancient Ryukyuan people, which is a way to connect local culture into our reading and writing.
  • Biologists created booklets to process their learning about cell structure and function.
  • Bible students created ideas connecting music and Biblical themes. They did this by listening to a series of symphonies and responding in writing and drawing to the question “What effect does music have on inspiration, reflection, joy, or sorrow?”
  • Computer scientists have been combining different sensors (light, temperature, touch) and actuators to create useful tools for automation.
  • 12th grade economists brainstormed a product to create for the market.
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Kim Essenburg, curriculum coordinator
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