This week I engaged in the incubation phase of the ideate mode of design thinking. Incubation refers to a creative technique in which you take a break to let ideas take form and evolve. During my initial brainstorming in part one of this week’s lab, I found it pretty easy to generate ideas, variables, and solutions to my problem of practice. Check out my scribbles on notebook paper and my initial mindmapping below. The green ink indicates questions relating to my problem of practice and the red indicates potential solutions.
In the second photograph, my new ideas are color coded with orange and black ink. After taking a break to let ideas marinate, I thought of additional questions and solutions to my problem. I don’t necessarily think I was able to come up with more creative ideas over time, however I was able to make connections and elaborate on what I originally generated. One of new questions I generated related administrator buy in. During module 3, I mentioned that there was a major emphasis on reading and math due to growth and attainment trends in my building. To ensure my administrators’ buy in to a STEM infused literacy classroom, I would intentionally plan to integrate core reading and writing skills such as argumentative writing and integrate interdisciplinary strategies such as making predictions, generating questions, summarizing, making inferences, and synthesizing.
The article entitled, “The Creativity Hack You Can Do in Your Sleep,” evidence and strategies to support incubation. Number four, priming your mind before you sleep, is something I already do. After getting into bed, sometimes I almost instantly come up with and idea to support teaching a skill or think of a new anchor chart to add as a resource in my classroom. I have a small journal or post its in my night stand. I will scribble my idea of sketch out my chart and leave the post it on my phone to tackle in the morning. I definitely will be more conscious of using the incubation strategy.