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well, have a go at ranking them in order of danger, of cost, of humour potential, and of age
Now consider what they've got in common, and finally, how would you combine them into a new business enterprise?
It could be argued that completing any of those tasks was creative; you made something of value that hadn't existed before you turned your mind to it. Your thinking was most likely new, though were your answers/solutions 'of value'? And did they serve a purpose other than playing with ideas about randomly placed images? What if you applied the same type of thinking to challenges such as embedding a new initiative? Solving a staffing problem? Raising academic standards? or making lessons more engaging?
Creativity in learning is more than painting keywords, dancing times tables or role playing the periodic table. These are interesting activities but creativity in learning goes much further: creative thinking, creative problem solving, building a creative learning environment and nurturing a creative learning community. It's as much about attitude and belief as it is about what you actually do.
Being creative;means following one or more of these principles:
Use the resources, ideas and links in this issue to discover and enrich your own creativity. Try to absorb the concept of creative teaching and learning. What does it mean for you to, "make something new of value"? Believing that all your learners have the potential to be creative? Taking a risk with your planning and classroom interactions? Allowing 8 seconds thinking time in class and sitting comfortably with the silence while children work it through? Getting the glitter out in numeracy?.
A creative attitude, belief and skill are valuable gifts to give your learners. Who knows what challenges and problems they'll face in the future, but with a creative and positive outlook, they'll be more likely to thrive.
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