I’ve been doing a lot of reading and research lately on creativity and critical thinking. If you’re an educator, you’ve probably spent (or are spending) a lot of time and resources learning the “shifts” toward the Common Core standards, deeper learning, and applied learning strategies. In the sea of great resources, one stands out that, to me, begins to go deeper into how to teach creativity and critical thinking. Written by Tony Wagner, Innovation Education Fellow at the Technology & Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard, Creating Innovators gives real-life models of what an innovator is and dares to challenge those of us in education to think differently about how we teach creative and critical-thinking skills.
Tonight’s chat is based around some of the questions that the book raises:
1. What motivates the digital generation?
2. What skills are you teaching students that build critical thinking and creativity?
3. How are you assessing students skills? Do students have time in class to work on application?
4. If you could “re-imagine” your school, what would it look like?
No doubt you’ve probably watched Sir Ken Robinson’s famous TED talk on creativity in education by now. With over 4 million views, this is likely one, if not the, most watched TED Talk. Why? Why does the topic of creativity continue to be such a hot topic? As Sir Ken Robinson says, creativity is our future. He defines creativity as, “The process of having original ideas that have value”.
Tonight’s Twitter chat will explore the topic with four guiding questions:
1. How do you define creativity?
2.How do you create an environment at your school or organization where the skills needed to learn creativity are fostered?
3. What processes/structures can be put into place to foster creativity? Which processes/structures at your school or organization need to be re-structured or eliminated?
4. Does the use of exemplars/models diminish a student’s original creative thought? Or does it support the creative process?
Adobe recently launched a series on creativity with Sir Ken. Here’s a peek: