Terra Forma Cards original and meaningful ideation

Starting From Scratch

How frustrating can it be to stare at a blank page? To pull from a limited mental log of information and create something unique and meaningful...

A student's access to information is just the beginning

Students must know how to organize such information, make (often abstract) connections, and be inspired to create.

Are you teaching in the 21st century?

"A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on a cold iron.” - Horace Mann

Is your class relevant to the student's world?

"If we value independence, if we are disturbed by the growing conformity of knowledge, then we may wish to set up conditions of learning which make for uniqueness." - Carl Rogers

Are your students venturing into unforeseen territory?

“Man can learn nothing unless he proceeds from the known to the unknown.” - Claude Bernard

Breathe..... and remember baby steps :)

Terra Forma Cards

Creative Connections Catalyst

Terra Forma Cards are an interactive springboard activity to help students and professionals develop an original idea for their class assignments or individual work.

KEEP THESE THINGS IN MIND:

  • This is a Modular Process
  • Participants need only a portion of the deck- 4 to 5 pairs
  • Participants only choose one question

How They Work

THERE ARE 15 PAIRS OF PHOTOGRAPHS

The pairs are denoted by a matching patterned circle in the middle

Participants view 4 to 5 of the pairs, selecting their favorite from each pair.

THERE ARE 6 LISTS ON THE BACK OF EACH CARD

The lists are inspired by the image on the front.

Advanced Art edition categories: Themes, Subject, Process, Media, Concepts, Action

Elementary Art edition categories: Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives, Themes/Topics, and Materials

THE LAST CARD IN THE DECK IS CALLED THE CATALYST CARD

There are a number of MadLib-style questions.

Participants use a combination of the lists from the cards to fill in one of the questions. It is important that the selected words formulate intentional connections, rather than randomly selecting words to use.

MODULAR PROCESS

This activity can be done individually, in groups, or at stations.

Teachers can take over as many of the variables as they want.

Editions of Terra Forma Cards

Advanced Art
Elementary Art
Advanced Humanities
All Levels Science

For more information, visit:

www.terraformacards.com

Created By
michael warren
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