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. 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. With open-ended projects, I see a higher engagement rate in my class and a stronger understanding of the material, because they're given the chance to explore and present in a way that's meaningful to them. 2. This has been a big change in my classroom, and it has really given my students a chance to explore their creativity. 3. Lighting the Creative Fire
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. When producing ideas, you replenish neurotransmitters linked to genes that are being turned on and off in response to challenges. 4. Your brain is a dynamic system that evolves patterns of activity, rather than simply processing them like a computer. 5. 6. 7.
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. Defining Divergent Thinking The word divergent is partly defined as "tending to be different or develop in different directions." In the Classroom: Strategies Strategy #2: Let the Music Play
Introducing Creative Education in a school | Online publication for school educators | ACER 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. It is becoming increasingly clear, from both research and industry, that two key skills will be needed in order to flourish in the future – relationships and creative thinking. These skills enable students to be agile and adaptive in a changing world. Traditional hierarchical models of work are devolving into collaborative teams, where any individual is perceived to be able to make a contribution, if they have an open mindset and the right attitude. Creativity is the ability to identify and trial new solutions to problems within your own specific context. Translating research to practice Training the teachers
Using Creative Education in your classroom | Online publication for school educators | ACER 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. This is necessary for a number of reasons, but is it possible to teach in more creative ways and still meet bureaucratic requirements? We believe that if students are more aware of the processes which lie in common between and within subjects, that they will find the learning of facts and knowledge not only easier but more relevant. Our students are asked to work on topics and ideas that meet curriculum requirements and also develop their creativity. Example 1: Environment, Grade 5 At the start of the school year, all furniture and removable fittings are taken out of the room.
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. What is the second teacher doing that the first one isn't? Creativity is innovation. Creativity is thinking outside the box. Creativity is improvisation. Creativity is professional growth. Creativity is being a risk taker or mold breaker. Creativity is passion. Suggested Activities: The Game of Learning For the first six activities, seat your students in a circle and introduce a ball or something else they can pass easily between them. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Suggested Activities: The Artsy Side of Creative 9. 10. 11. 12. Creative Science 13. 14. 15. Incorporate Your Students' Favorite Things 16. Creative time savers 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. Live Like a Turtle
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. Quality Indicators If you and your students don't unpack and understand what creativity looks like, then teaching and assessing it will be very difficult. Synthesize ideas in original and surprising ways.Ask new questions to build upon an idea.Brainstorm multiple ideas and solutions to problems.Communicate ideas in new and innovative ways. Now, these are just some of the quality indicators you might create or use. Activities Targeted to Quality Indicators