“ A culture of creativity has to involve everyone, not just a select few.” Ken Robinson
You’re focusing on 21st Century learning skills and you understand things like collaboration and teamwork, critical thinking, and problem solving, but your not sure about creativity and imagination. You feel like you don’t have a creative bone in your body, which makes you unsure and uncomfortable when it comes to telling your teachers that they need to bring creativity and imagination into their classroom.
You and your teachers are asking questions like:
- What does creativity look like in my classroom, I’m not an art teacher?
- How can I connect creativity and critical thinking skills, moving beyond having students create visual aids ( those are creative.. right?)
- How do I grade/ assess creativity, do I even have to?
- How do I define creativity?
- Why does creativity even matter?
I’ve got you covered!
I”m both a teacher and an artist, with 10 years of teaching experience, along with a masters degree in Creativity studies ( which means that I studied the psychology behind creative thought, with a focus on developing creative thought in the classroom). With experience working with students of all ages, along with training teachers, and college education majors.
To get you started, here are three of my favorite ways to define creativity.
” Creativity is the process of having original ideas that have value. ” Imagination is the root of creativity. It is the ability to bring to mind things that aren’t present to ourselves.” Ken Robinson
“Creativity is applied imagination.”
” Creativity is a central source of meaning in our lives for several reasons. Here I want to mention only 2 main ones. First, most of the things that are interesting, important and human are the results of creativity. We share 98% of our genetic makeup with chimps. What makes us different, our language, values, artistic expression, scientific understanding, and technology is the result of individual ingenuity that was recognized, rewarded, and transmitted through learning. Without creativity it would be difficult to distinguish us from chimps.” Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
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