Session Summary“I had penciled in a number of questions I wanted to pose throughout Thursday evening’s ukedchat. Here are a few of them and the responses they received: Can you teach creativity? This received a mixed response as some felt that it was unique in certain children and can only be allowed to flourish if you are naturally creative. Whereas, others believed that through structured activities and experience, creativity can be encouraged in students of all ages. A number of great practical ideas came out of this including:
1. Debono’s thinking hats – @MrPryer
2. 20% time off curriculum to run own projects – @nickotIV
3. Mantle of the expert – @sheliBB
4. World box day – @raff31
5. 100 word challenge – @TheHeadsOffice
6. Keep an ideas notebook – @ielserafy
7. Talkingchips – @DavidHunter
The archive below has many more practical ideas.
@HandTwin5: Creativity definitely can be encouraged through open-ended projects/tasks and adopting a more ‘deep’ approach to learning. #ukedchat
@eslweb: Creativity is also about giving students rich experiences that inspire them and from there they can come up with their own ideas. #ukedchat
@AndrewFarmer80: #ukedchat coming to the end of PGCE and feel morecreative now than at the start. I think creativity needsthe right environment…
@MrEllison1983: #ukedchat Children are fearful of failure, we need to get them to embrace the fact that sometimes, it will happen.
@peterweal: @literacylender #ukedchat why teach a ‘boring’ topic in a new way – why not be ‘creative’ and teach something differnt, or let chn choose?
@nickotkdIV: @nightzookeeper I love Google approach of allowing 20% time to their own projects! #ukedchat TWEET OF THE WEEK:
@bramleyapplecc: #ukedchat creativity is not just arts based but something inherent to human nature: risk taking, making connections etc ABOUT YOUR HOST:
Paul Hutson is a primary school teacher who has worked in schools in the Middle East and the UK. He is Co-Founder of Night Zookeeper (www.nightzookeeper.com) a creative children’s website and school project. Paul currently travels the UK delivering Night Zookeeper experiences, which focus on creativity and improving students Literacy, Art and ICT skills. If your school is planning a theme project you can get in touch with Paul on Twitter @nightzookeeper