Is creativity a necessary ingredient for engagement? Is it one way we might attemtp to engage? Or is creativity misplaced in an academic and standards-based environment?
Below are a selection of videos about creativity in learning and in education.
Select at least one video to watch
Think about the message and share your thoughts on how the speaker's ideas apply to engagement in the classroom (discuss in the comment section of this task). Interview one adult that you consider "creative." Ask them what school did or did not do to help them develop their creative side.
Share your findings with the group.
Sir Ken Robinson on Creativity in Education (20 min. video). Are Sir Ken's ideas something we can implement to increase engagement in schools? How? Why should we?
Creativity 101 by Susan Keller-Mathers, Ed. D. at the International Center for Studies in Creativity. What can a person do to recognize and foster creativity? What does Dr. Keller-Mathers mean by "accepting ambiguity", and why would that engage students creatively?
Amy Tan, author of Joy Luck Club, speaks on creativity and points out the importance of ambiguity (24 min. video). Is this idea about ambiguity something that can be fostered in schools? How?
Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat, Pray, Love, teaches us about the muse and creativity (19 min. video). Is there something in her speech that schools and teachers can use to increase and support creative engagement?
Cultivating Creativity in the Classroom, a slideshow by teacher Jamie Tubbs.
Peter Senge on Creativity, a podcast by Karen Steffenson. I am not sure I fully adopt Senge's ideas on creativity. His position in this cast reminds me of quadrant two thinking in Covey's Seven Habits book. Which I like, but does not align entirely with creativity in my mind.