Posted on November 27, 2012. Filed under: Creativity |

Above & Beyond is a story about what is possible when communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity take center stage in schools and transform learning opportunities for all kids. Take a few minutes to view the video.

Creativity is an essential 21st century skill for students. Sir Ken Robinson (2011) defines creativity as the process of having original ideas and that there are several steps.The first step is imagination- the capacity to see something in the mind’s eye. Creativity is using that imagination to solve problems – he calls it ‘applied imagination’. Innovation is putting that creativity into practice as ‘applied creativity’. Sir Ken also states that schools are killing creativity. We need to bring creativity back to the classroom.

A colleague and I presented a colloquia on just this topic. We showed the video above and had a lively discussion with both students and faculty about how we can encourage creativity in the classroom . Here are some simple ways you can begin to infuse creativity in the classroom:

  • Ask more open ended questions
  • Brainstorm creative solutions to problems
  • Try role playing to help students understand different perspectives
  • Encourage creative collaboration for assignments
  • Have students create a piece of art, write a song, create a photo collage, screencast, podcast or create videos to demonstrate their knowledge or skill.
  • Teach and model creativity for your students

Can you add to this list?

For more information on creativity go to the educators page of the Crayola Website

This video was created through collaboration by members of Partnership for 21st Century Skills and FableVision.


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