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Creativity break: What can we do to expand our creative skills?

Experts share their advice on how to expand our creative skills. Created by Khan Academy.

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  • blobby green style avatar for user Gina
    Props to Dr. Snow for using the word "orthogonal" in a sentence.
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  • male robot donald style avatar for user Akaza101
    I still do not understand why creativity can be in algebra
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    • blobby green style avatar for user sgulbis
      Creativity definitely comes in when you are creating problems to model the real world. There are often at least 4 ways to write an equation and then multiple more ways you can solve. I think of it like music. You can play the piano exactly as it is written or you can add your own style to it. Make it jazzy!

      For example the problem 3<x<8
      This might mean so many different things. It might meant you know you have more than $3 in your piggy bank, but less than 8. Maybe you are playing a game where you are eliminated if you have too few or too many points. The possibilities are endless.
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  • blobby green style avatar for user Heather Getachew
    if the math were really learning is used in the real world so much why are word problems abt 'real scenarios' always the most difficult to solve when in a class...but imma keep learning though because math majors be makin bank so yaeayaaahhh
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    • duskpin ultimate style avatar for user ilithidu
      For me its time and context: I'm not given a set up of the problem I'm facing and I'm limited to the amount of time that I have to solve it or get scorched by harsh reality until I get it right or degrade for the worst or simply find a way around it or don't deal with it at all and hope the idiot's way out prevails.
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  • boggle blue style avatar for user ᴷᵉᵍᵃⁿ
    she said at 0.47 the best way to expand your creativity is to do what you love. i LOVE video games. ok. so i will go expand my creativity by playing video games.
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Video transcript

(light upbeat music) (keyboard keys clicking) - There are so many ways that you can expand your creative and math skills without even really realizing that you're doing it. Like for me, I'm a big board game fan and I realize that there's so many games that involve math and learning how to solve problems. And sometimes like, just when you're cooking. I love to bake. And so I feel like I'm constantly using like fractions and learning how to do proportions, just because I'm doing things that I love. So I feel like the best way to expand your mathematical and creative skills are just doing what you love to do because probably it has some kind of math in it and some kind of creativity. - Try to connect what you're learning to your real life. It's really easy to be in the classroom and think that it's siloed and it's orthogonal from the world around you. The more we can connect what we're learning in the classroom to our real life, either via sports or entertainment, politics, news, whatever. The connection that you make between math and your real life will really help you appreciate the skills and the methods and find ways to transfer them outside of just the classroom alone. (light upbeat music)