By Wayne Morris
“First, they [the characteristics of creativity] always involve thinking or behaving imaginatively. Second, overall this imaginative activity is purposeful: that is, it is directed to achieving an objective. Third, these processes must generate something original. Fourth, the outcome must be of value in relation to the objective.” This from the
- the role of creativity and innovation in teaching and learning
- the importance of developing classroom and school environments that can bring out the best in teachers and students, and
- methods for making classrooms more engaging places
- Our school system is a thinly disguised conspiracy to quash creativity.
- We are at an inflection point. We seem to be re-inventing everything – except the school system, which should [in theory] underpin, even leads, the rest.
- The main crisis in schools today is irrelevance.
- Our educational thinking is concerned with; ‘what is’. It is not good at designing ‘what can be’.
- question and challenge. Creative pupils are curious, question and challenge, and don’t necessarily follow the rules.
- make connections and see relationships. Creative pupils think laterally and make associations between things that are not usually connected.
- envision what might be. They imagine, see possibilities, ask ‘what if?’, picture alternatives, and look at things from different view points.
- explore ideas and options. Creative pupils play with ideas, try alternatives and fresh approaches, keep open minds and modify their ideas to achieve creative results
- reflect critically on ideas, actions and outcomes. They review progress, invite and use feedback, criticize constructively and make perceptive observations.
- Give students extended, unhurried time to explore and do their best work. Don’t interfere when students are productively engaged and motivated to complete tasks in which they are fully engaged.
- Create an inviting and exciting classroom environment. Provide students with space to leave unfinished work for later completion and quiet space for contemplation.
- Provide an abundant supply of interesting and useful materials and resources.
- Create a classroom climate where students feel mistakes are acceptable and risk taking is encouraged. Appropriate noise, mess and autonomy are accepted.