Creativity in Schools
(Updated 2/6/14) Here's an experiment you can conduct in many schools, maybe even the school where you teach. Look through the door of one classroom and you might see the students hunched over, not engaged, even frowning. The teacher looks frazzled, tired and wishing he or she were somewhere else. 22 Simple Ideas for Harnessing Creativity in the Elementary Classroom
Education Week Teacher Professional Development Sourcebook: Reading Fiction Whole Published Online: February 29, 2012 Published in Print: February 29, 2012, as Reading Fiction Whole English teacher Ariel Sacks believes it's important to lead students to make their own discoveries in literature. —Emile Wamsteker By Ariel Sacks
On a recent school visit I was greeted by a teacher who proudly informed me that the children at this particular school were two years further ahead in their reading compared with those in other schools. I was impressed. Then I began talking to various classes. The children were indeed bright, articulate and enthusiastic, and keen to play the shape game, a drawing game that I always play in schools. It's a game that my brother and I thought we'd invented when we were small boys, but it seems that children play their own version of this game all over the world. It's very simple. Anthony Browne on keeping creativity alive in schools | Education
How schools stifle creativity Are schools killing creativity? Sir Ken Robinson: We're born with great natural talentsHe says schools systematically suppress many of those innate talentsSchools use testing and other systems to narrowly assess students, he saysHe says they devalue forms of creativity that don't fit in academic contexts Editor's note: Sir Ken Robinson, Ph.D, an expert in creativity, innovation and human resources, gave this popular talk at the TED conference in 2006. In this article he explores why the message has resonated with audiences. Robinson is a best-selling author whose latest book is "The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything (Viking)."
As a kid, I grew up in an area on Long Island where the bodega across the street was off-limits, too dangerous for travel. My 6-year old rebellious mind didn't crave midnight motorcycle rides while swigging a bottle of jagermeister. Standing across the street with my twin brother, I could smell freshly baked rainbow square cookies and all I wanted to do was sit in an alleyway and munch on them until dusk. Not much has changed....that would still be a good day. 3 Ideas to Prevent Schools from Killing Creativity, Curiosity, and Critical Thinking