Creative and innovative learning
We need to provide an environment where creativity and innovation can thrive. What will this look like?
A place that:
- allows freedom to explore and try things out
- focusses on process rather than outcomes. The end product is not as important as the steps that were taken to get there.
- encourages persistence. If one idea doesn’t work then try another but keep going, don’t give up. The adult’s role is to keep projects ’tilted toward success’
- celebrates ideas and innovations and encourages divergent thinking.
- provides time and space to let creativity bubble up and develop
- encourages individuals to find their own pathways rather than following the crowd
- shares stories about creative people and historically creative accomplishments
- makes a wide range of resources available and readily accessible
- fosters collaboration, the sharing of ideas and problem solving difficulties
- allows students to lose their fear of being wrong, to view small hiccups as learning opportunities on the way to something greater
In a world that is rapidly changing we don’t know what the future looks like. The careers that our students might follow may not yet have been invented. Creativity and innovation will be the key to success.
Creativity – some key readings that might set you thinking
Cambridge Primary Review of Education – just published after three years of research into UK education. “There is an over emphasis on the skills of reading, writing and maths at the expense of other subjects. This, the review says, limits children’s enjoyment of school and risks severely compromising their natural curiosity, imagination and love of learning.” http://www.primaryreview.org.uk/
Yong Zhao (2006) “Are We Fixing the Wrong Things?” Educational Leadership. vol 63 no 8, pp. 28-31 “Creativity cannot be taught but it can be killed” The current focus on centralized curriculum, standa rdized testing, accountability, required course of study – could kill creativity, the United States real competitive edge. http://www.ascd.org/publications/educationalleadership