“Creativity is Contagious. Pass it on!” Albert Einstein
Source (Imagining Learning)
Pass it On!
This great article written by Peter Grey provides the argument for more freedom in our classrooms and for less tests with finite answers.
“Creativity is nurtured by freedom and stifled by the continuous monitoring, evaluation, adult-direction, and pressure to conform that restrict children’s lives today. In the real world few questions have one right answer, few problems have one right solution; that’s why creativity is crucial to success in the real world. But more and more we are subjecting children to an educational system that assumes one right answer to every question and one correct solution to every problem, a system that punishes children (and their teachers too) for daring to try different routes. “
Are we providing students with the chance to be creative and expand they ability to imagine, rethink, and improve our society and themselves. It also highlights the argument that testing creativity standardized testing or multiple choice short answers will not work. Classrooms that support creatively and purposeful freedom are not only good for our students, but also for a success democratic society.
Boredom is becoming an endangered activity but when we’re at our most bored we’re forced to push our creative boundaries. So in this over-stimulated environment of 21st century living, don’t forget to be bored every once in awhile.
Also getting lost! Sometimes are best discovers come from being lost! My rule is to only use GPS when I need to be somewhere… other than that it might be better to just find it yourself….. Bored and lost are what SUndays were made for!
“4. Sketch out their ideas.
Even in our screen-obsessed era, effective innovators still hash out ideas on paper. (If you don’t believe me, check out this 99% talk from Twitter creator Jack Dorsey, who sketched out the original concept at age 15.) Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone, was also an inveterate sketcher. Bell’s notebooks reveal the inner-workings of a hyperactive brain: diagrams for crazy flying machines, sound devices, and even see-saws, drawn with a whacky artistic sensibility akin to that of Henry Darger or David Shrigley. “
This whole article is brilliant. I like this one a lot. I have notice that notebooks or journal are being used more in classrooms in both elementary and high school, but what are we using them for? Are we using them to collect thoughts, ideas, creative projects… or just as another place to put down content, that only the teacher sees.
Love to hear examples of using notebooks/sketch books outside of the purely academic realms….
anyone doing that in their classroom?
-Adventures in Learning (via Human Centered Schools)