Although at first glance, creative thinking techniques may sometimes look a bit ridiculous, there are good principles behind most of them. However, skeptical you may be about their potential, it’s a good idea to approach them with an open mind. You may be surprised by the results, creativity involves addressing a situation, task, problem or challenge with innovative or divergent thinking.
Creative thinkers go beyond routine and standard approaches to their responsibilities. In fact, we are all creative every day because we are constantly changing the ideas which we hold about us. Creativity does not have to be about developing something new to the world, it is more to do with developing something new to ourselves. When we change ourselves, the world changes with us.
Both in the same way that the world is affected by our changed actions, it is the same way that we experience the world.
If you’re in the same boat, and you find it’s difficult to remember what will improve your creativity and when you should do your most creative work, hopefully, some thinking techniques will help you get it all straight.
Critical thinking involves logical thinking and reasoning including skills such as comparison, classification, sequencing, cause/effect, patterning, webbing, analogies, deductive and inductive reasoning, forecasting, planning, hypothesizing, and critiquing.
Creative thinking involves creating something new or original. It involves the skills of flexibility, originality, fluency, elaboration, brainstorming, modification, imagery, associative thinking, attribute listing, metaphorical thinking, forced relationships. The aim of creative thinking is to stimulate curiosity and promote divergence.
While critical thinking can be thought of as more left-brain and creative thinking more right brain, they both involve "thinking." When we talk about HOTS "higher-order thinking skills" we're concentrating on the top three levels of Bloom's Taxonomy: analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.