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Carol Fertig

Carol Fertig

I have been active in the education community for more than 40 years and involved in gifted education for more than 20 years. At various times, I have been a classroom teacher, gifted education teacher, consultant, writer, editor—you name it. I live in Colorado, but also spend a fair amount of time in Chicago. I have two grown boys: one in Colorado and one in California. In my spare time, I enjoy skiing, mountain biking, and golfing. I also like to read, go to plays, and watch foreign movies. Feel free to send me an e-mail.

I am also the author of Raising a Gifted Child: A Parenting Success Handbook. This book offers a large menu of strategies, resources, organizations, tips, and suggestions for parents to find optimal learning opportunities for their gifted kids, covering the gamut of talent areas, including academics, the arts, technology, creativity, music, and thinking skills.

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SCAMPER Your Way to Creativity

 
SCAMPER is an acronym for a list of words that can help you and your students think differently about a problem area and enhance creativity.
 
S
Substitute
What or who can be used instead? What other ingredients, place, or time? Other material? Other Process? Other power? Other place? Other approach? Other sounds?
C
Combine
What materials, features, processes, people, products, or components can be combined?
A
Adapt
Is there anything that can be changed? What else is like this? What could be copied?
M
Modify, Magnify, or Minify
Can you change the meaning, color, motion, sound, smell, form, or shape? Can you distort it?
P
Put to Other Uses
Are there new ways to use or reuse it? Is there another market?
E
Eliminate
Can you reduce time, effort, or cost? Can you remove part of it?
R
Rearrange
Can you interchange components or patterns? Can you change the pace or schedule? Can it be reversed?
 
 
Just a few possible ways to use SCAMPER.
 
  1. Read a simple story. What elements of SCAMPER could be used to rewrite the story? If you get stuck on a writing assignment, will the ideas from SCAMPER help you to keep going?
  2. Create your own invention. Take any common object and think about how it might be changed or improved upon. Think about the history of some common invention, such as the telephone. Go back to the earliest phone you can find and see how the elements of SCAMPER were used to improve each generation of the communication device.
  3. Take a current social or political problem and discuss how elements of SCAMPER might be applied to come up with possible solutions.
  4. Use SCMAPER to analyze a Web site or a brochure. Can you find ways that the Web site or brochure might be improved?
  5. Take any common object—a penny, a shoe, a table. How can you apply the elements of SCAMPER to come up with a new and creative use of the object?
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