What is creativity?
Perhaps more importantly, why does it matter?
These are questions that have fallen into my head over the last little while, and it has me thinking about what we do as educators that allows for learner creativity.
According to the IB, ‘we believe every person has the ability, and the right, to be creative’.
So what do we do about it? How might we build a culture of creativity? What are we already doing that fosters creativity?
We look at the 8 Cultural Forces and consider how they might connect to a culture of creativity:
- What kinds of opportunities do we offer for creativity?
- How might we express our learning in different ways?
- What opportunities do we give to problem solve or problem find?
- What kind of enrichment activities can we offer to foster creativity?
- How might we make better use of time to be creative as learners and teachers?
- How can we move beyond having specific times for creative pursuits? E.g. iTime
- How can we ensure that learners aren’t ‘rushing’ to finish their learning?
- What are our expectations about creativity?
- How might we distribute teaching and learning?
- What do we value in the process of learning?
- How might we promote (and foster) creativity?
- How does the language we use in the learning space impact on student creativity
- How might we celebrate and share student creativity?
- How might student collaboration impact on creativity?
- How might we assess creativity?
- How might we make creativity routine?
- Which thinking routines lend themselves to thinking creatively?
- How can we encourage students to think creatively and therefore ‘do’ creative things? E.g. making, designing, speaking, writing etc.
- How do we create an environment that inspires creativity?
- How might we give our learning space more purpose?
- How does our learning environment allow for student voice and choice?
- How does the environment promote sharing and collaboration?
- How do we value the interactions we have surrounding creativity?
- How might we have better conversations about the process of learning?
- How might we model creativity?
- What does the sharing process look like?
- How might teachers be encouraged to ‘break the wheel’ of doing school?
- How might we model thinking in different ways?
- How might we share different approaches?
So to take this further, we wondered: What is the intersection between agency and creativity? I think it’s less like a T-intersection and more like one of those multi-entry round-a-bout type setups.
But in order to respond to this deep question, we head back to the start of our inquiry: What is creativity, and why does it matter?