'It is the supreme art of the teacher to
awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge' – Albert Einstein
Creativity is innovation, improvisation, thinking outside the box, risk taking
and developing passion. It allows professional growth and opportunity for both
the teacher and the learner.
Creativity can bring fun and confidence into the classroom through an improved and reciprocated attitude, mood, feeling, connection and choice.
In the Creativity TLC we will be considering new
and remodelled styles of teaching. We will allow ourselves the opportunity to
take risks, to 'cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of
intelligence,' to accept and embrace creatively finding our own passions within
It is vital that we remember that we are teaching the future
generation; that we remember we have no knowledge of what the world will look
like in five, ten, fifteen years time; that we remember that we need to
cultivate and develop all aspects of every young person’s talents through their
learning. We have no knowledge if they will be the next Bill Gates, Steve Jobs,
Lee Evans, Walt Disney, Thomas Edison, Jessie J, Simon Cowell, Richard Branson
or Shakespeare. We need to be creative in our teaching to help our young people
embrace our subjects using their own talents and passions.
Within the Creativity TLC we will be looking at E. Paul Torance's Incubation Model and Osborne Parnes Model
of Creativity Development. We will also be considering how we can follow some of Ken Robinson's theories of
bringing creativity, happiness and passion into the classroom and discussing new
and exciting teaching and learning strategies that are being discussed daily on
twitter and by educational bloggers. We will be looking at how we can
break patterns, become innovative in our planning, bring the buzz into our
classrooms, whilst enabling our learners to become more creative and positive
about their own learning experience.
Through making small changes, then building upon those marginal gains, we will
find the confidence to take risks in our classrooms - supporting each other through our Creativity Triads.
'If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll
never come up with anything original.' – Ken Robinson
So take off those De Bono Thinking Hats, flip yourself around and get creative! edit.