Critical thinking about supporting creativity

Mar 09, 13 Critical thinking about supporting creativity

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  1. I agree that supporting creativity is, and should be, a focus in our field. I also believe that building creativity is inherently connected to building perspective – which leads to empathy and a deeper sense of humanity.
    As a secondary school drama teacher, I’m perhaps biased as to the importance of creativity in the classroom, as my subject lends itself to it in every way.

    But watching students step out of their own shoes and into the the mindsets of others has great value, and I can’t help but think that teaching them to think and make creative choices in this framework will also help them in other problem-solving situations, be it as a future engineer or politician.

    Anyhow, check out the site I use to enhance my kids’ creative learning:

    • Laura, you’ve reminded me that we have the tools within our existing curriculum structure that allow us to nurture creativity in ways that are meaningful and very powerful. It’s interesting, and more than a little unfortunate, that these are often sidelined in favour of things that appear to be more important, relevant and rigorous.

      As creativity continues to find its way onto the list of essential 21st learning skills, perhaps we’ll begin to realize just how important the Arts are in the life of our schools!

  2. Sheila Stewart /

    What a great point, Laura, regarding the role of creativity in the building of perspective… leading to empathy and a deeper sense of humanity.
    Thanks for adding your thoughts and sharing the link to your site – looks like some great stuff to explore!

  3. Hi Sheila,

    I think that more discussion needs to take place around each of the elements proposed by people like Fullan. Imagination and creativity are so important, but we may have lost some insitutional capital (and currency) around each as our systems have moved to a more rational, scientific approach to teaching and learning. I think that this has taken its toll on both teacher and student.

    Your post got me thinking once again the work of Eric Liu and Scott Noppe-Brandon. In “Imagination First” they connect three words that tend to get used in loose and undefined ways but, in their minds, form an important trajectory. Imagination can’t be seen—it lives in the mind of the imaginer. Creativity is imagination made visible. Innovation is reserved for those instances when creativity pushes the form.

    I find this relationship helpful, not only for my own thinking, but for thinking about the important conversations that need to take place in schools.

    Thanks for your post. An important piece at an important time!

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