SCAMPER: Scaffolding Creativity
Students will practice the tool of SCAMPER using a topic of their (or your) choosing before applying it to content.
SCAMPER, a creation of Bob Eberle, is detailed in the book Thinkertoys. It is an acronym for creative verbs:
- S: substitute
- C: combine
- A: adapt
- M: modify, maximize, or minimize
- P: put to other uses
- E: eliminate
- R: rearrange
- We begin with practicing Substitute and Combine.
- Then students will try Apply, Max/Minimize, and Put To Other Uses.
- Finally, they use Eliminate and Rearrange.