Using Creative Education in your classroom. In yesterday’s article, Dr Tim Patston from Geelong Grammar in Victoria discussed why his school decided to introduce Creative Education, and outlined the process they used to develop the framework.
In today’s final instalment, he shares examples of how teachers can use Creative Education in their own settings. Many teachers teach with one main goal: to fulfil the requirements of their prescribed curriculum. Introducing Creative Education in a school. Dr Tim Patston is the Coordinator of Creativity and Innovation at Geelong Grammar in Victoria.
This year, teachers across all the school’s campuses are completing training in Creative Education. In the first of two articles, Patston discusses why the school decided to take this approach to learning and outlines the process staff used to develop the framework. Creative Thinking. Edutopia. Recently, I showed a group of students in my high school art class a film called Ma Vie En Rose (My Life in Pink), about a seven-year-old boy named Ludovic who identifies as female.
Ludovic has an active imagination, but is bullied by both adults and other kids who are unnerved by his desire to wear dresses and play with dolls. The film challenged my students to broaden their understanding of gender and identity and led to a discussion about ways in which our imaginations are limited when we are forced to be who we are not. It also reminded me of other examples in which character is forced to choose an identity, such as the movie Divergent, based on the popular trilogy of novels by Veronica Roth.
In Divergent, a dystopian future society has been divided into five factions based on perceived virtues. Edutopia. Creation-based tasks promote higher-order thinking, encourage collaboration, and connect students to real-world learning.
Whether you're teaching in a project-based learning classroom, engaging students with authentic assessments, or committed to pushing students to analyze and synthesize, providing opportunities for creation is a must. Edutopia. One of the things that I hear teachers worrying about is the disappearance of creativity in the curriculum.
More and more districts are ramping up the standardized exams to prepare students for the bigger standardized exams they will take later in the year. The beauty of creativity is slowly being phased out and replaced by worksheets. Standardized tests are a reality where I teach, but I still find creativity time for my students. I feel that it helps strengthen their other skills and is needed to develop well-rounded people. Here are some things that can add a creative spark into your class and still prepare them for those exams. 3 Favorite Strategies 1. This is one of my favorite things to do with my students -- and the students always impress me with their work. As the teacher, I provide some small guidelines for them to follow. 2. Edutopia. In school, we learn about geniuses and their ideas, but how did they get those ideas?
What are the mental processes, attitudes, work habits, behaviors, and beliefs that enable creative geniuses to view the same things as the rest of us, yet see something different? The following are seven principles that I've learned during my lifetime of work in the field of creative thinking -- things that I wish I'd been taught as a student. 1. You Are Creative Artists are not special, but each of us is a special kind of artist who enters the world as a creative and spontaneous thinker. 2. You must show passion and the determination to immerse yourself in the process of developing new and different ideas. 3. 22 Simple Ideas for Harnessing Creativity in the Elementary Classroom. 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. You might think, "Well, everyone has a bad day. " But you might witness this scenario in this teacher's classroom no matter what day you look through the door. For the second part of the experiment, look through the door of another classroom, and you might see a room full of lively students, eager, engaged and participating. What is the second teacher doing that the first one isn't? Creativity is innovation. Creativity is thinking outside the box. Yes, You Can Teach and Assess Creativity! A recent blog by Grant Wiggins affirmed what I have long believed about creativity: it is a 21st-century skill we can teach and assess.
Creativity fosters deeper learning, builds confidence and creates a student ready for college and career. However, many teachers don't know how to implement the teaching and assessment of creativity in their classrooms. While we may have the tools to teach and assess content, creativity is another matter, especially if we want to be intentional about teaching it as a 21st-century skill. In a PBL project, some teachers focus on just one skill, while others focus on many.
Here are some strategies educators can use tomorrow to get started teaching and assessing creativity -- just one more highly necessary skill in that 21st-century toolkit. Quality Indicators.