A workshop to explore how we can teach curriculum subjects creatively.
Why is creativity important?
Creativity is an innate human characteristic in all human beings.
Creative thinking is useful in all fields of life and work.
Creativity gives time and space to individual self-expression.
Human creativity drives us forward as a species. It’s this unique ability to harness thoughts and ideas that has produced everything from the first sharpened stick, to the wheel, to the space shuttle, to the microprocessor.
Our current education system in place is failing to raise standards.OECD 2016 data shows the UK standards consistently falling and that the most successful countries operate liberal curriculum models that recognise the needs of the individual over blanket national testing.
Official statistics published reveal that the UK’s creative Industries, which includes the film, television and music industries, are now worth £71.4 billion per year to the UK economy – generating just over a staggering £8 million pounds an hour.The creative industries have a growth rate of 10% outperforming all other sectors of UK industry and account for 1.68 million jobs, (5.6 % of UK jobs)
How can we incorporate creativity into subject teaching?
Creativity is not a subject in its own right but rather an approach.
To stimulate creative thinking we can:
Include open-ended questions.
Give children authentic problems related to the subject.
Allow for different learning styles.
Include elements of thinking, designing and making.
Set small group challenges.
Give children choices in how they study and learn.
In this workshop participants will learn the important reasons to ensure children have the opportunity to develop their creative capacities and learn how to develop creative approaches to subject planning and teaching. All participants will bring a curriculum subject they want to make more creative.
13.00 - Arrivals and refreshments
13.15 - What is creativity and why is it important?
13.30 - House of Objects case studies/ Inspiring examples
13.45 - How creative are you?
14.00 - A subject based creative challenge
14,30 - Small group task groups and feedback
15.00 - Creative lesson planning with expert advice
15.45 - Sharing plans and collecting free bag of materials.
16.00 - Close
This course is suitable for anyone working with primary aged children.
“The fact is that given the challenges we face, education doesn't need to be reformed -- it needs to be transformed. The key to this transformation is not to standardize education, but to personalize it, to build achievement on discovering the individual talents of each child, to put students in an environment where they want to learn and where they can naturally discover their true passions.”
― Ken Robinson, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything