Last Friday, I stayed in district to attend our school's annual Institute Day. This time I was "voluntasked" (worth copyrighting?) to co-lead a session on Creativity. With less than a week to prepare, a copse of papers to grade, and the nagging tug of my blogging duties in and out of class, I wanted to say no, but this is a topic I care a great deal about, so I agreed.
Hearing the alarming fatality numbers on PowerPoint™ presentations, my co-presenters (Murphy, Kajfez) and I decided to show, not tell. We asked the teachers in our sessions (about 60 in all) to play with pictures, language, and cartoon captions before we led a short discussion.
The conversations in sessions and afterward offered some interesting comments. I'm also sneaking in comments from parent-teacher conferences and some student comments here. Use any one of them as springboards for your own blog comments:
"Creative assignments are fine and good, but when do we start preparing students for college?"
"Who can be creative in a stressful, time-driven environment like NT?"
"When I was a young kid I was very creative, but that's not what gets rewarded in the real world of tests?"
"No one pays attention to human development in school. It's who you are right now vs. the national average that matters."
"School tells a story of how the world is, not how the world might be."
"Whenever a good enough idea emerges, people often stop thinking about new ideas. 'Why re-invent the wheel?' they'll say."
"Some people are just born creative."
"It's such a myth that creativity flourishes in isolation. It's all about working with other people."
"If we practice creativity we become more creative. It we practice routine we become robots."
"There are so many ways to measure creativity, but schools only measure a tiny fraction of these."
"Necessity is the mother of invention; we only truly create when we feel we need to."
"People should always have the chance to opt out of being creative."