"Creativity," says Ken Robinson, "is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status."
Creativity involves putting your imagination to work.
Being Creative In Nature - Trees and Leaves
The class collect foliage and fallen leaves to create paintings and collages.
Creativity flourishes in a natural environment.
During the nature class, we will ask the children to choose a tree.
By allowing them to choose their own tree, they feel an instant connection. They can feel the texture of the tree, listen to it's leaves rustle in the wind and if they wrap their arms around the tree, they can even feel it's energy.
They can explore what birds, insects and other creatures are present in and around the tree.
We were fortunate to have a very friendly squirrel visit every day of class, delighting all with his chatter and acrobatics.
These simple activities are great for all ages, in groups or working individually. It never ceases to amaze me how much I learn from the children when out in nature.
CREATIVITY is so important not just in a child's life but as adults, we need to be feeding our creativity too. I am a huge fan of Ken Robinson and would recommend you read his fascinating books " Out Of Our Minds" learning to be creative (New Edition) and "The Element". Both books address the importance of creativity and offer an approach to understanding creativity in education and in business.
In an interview with Vancouver Sun, Ken was asked:
What three tips he would give teachers striving to adapt personalized learning? Robinson said they first need to realize they have more freedom in the classroom than they think. A curriculum sets a framework, but how they teach is up to them.
Secondly, they must be certain they are doing a job they love and should treat their art form seriously. “Take time to study techniques of teaching, look at other teachers, be prepared to have people come and look at you, and do what people in other fields do: be open to criticism and be open to learning and growing,” he stated.
His third tip was be prepared to learn from students. “Kids are often full of ideas that they’re willing to offer if you create the right culture in the room or the school to provide them. The history of education is peppered with wonderful, groundbreaking inspirational teachers who did all of those things. If they can do it, you can do it.” - email@example.com (You can read the complete article here).
Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution! Watch the video.
"The Element" Ken Robinson Watch the video.
Like Ken and many others, I believe we are all creatives, we are all born with ability to be great creatives if we are given the right encouragement, environment and opportunities.