- Session One: Saturday 10:00am–11:30am
- Room 311
- Linda Nitsche
- Affiliation: Owen J. Roberts School District
- Conversational Focus/Audience:
- All School Levels
- Conversation Description:
Ken Robinson's TED talk, "Do Schools Kill Creativity?", challenges us to rethink schools to value creativity. As we stand at a crossroads where the strict content standards of No Child Left Behind may ease, allowing for a broader view of students' strengths and capacities, creativity is again gaining momentum as a key skill and capacity for the 21st century. The Framework for 21st Century Skills identifies Learning and Innovation Skills as a 21st century outcome for students in order to be prepared for increasingly complex life and work environments. But, with little focus and attention on creative thinking, our teachers and schools are not well prepared with a wide range of techniques to guide students in meeting the challenges of their futures with creative and imaginative solutions. What tools and techniques can help us think creatively, work creatively with others, and implement innovations? How can we make creativity as important in education as literacy and treated with the same status?
Through this discussion we will explore strategies to advocate for and integrate creativity in the classroom, including frameworks for creative thinking and best practices to nurture and develop a supportive classroom culture. More importantly, we will discuss how could we use our reflections and synthesis as a foundation for real action that would help to scaffold others to value and infuse creative thinking into their work with students.
- Conversational Practice:
- Using a modified What, So What, Now What Protocol, we will investigate the idea of creativity in schools to address 21st century learning and innovation skills. We will exercise our own creative thinking, explore innovation in action, and reflect upon the possibilities for action, recording our insights on the session wiki.
- Elluminate Rooms ( instructions for launching Elluminate )
- Stream via Elluminate: Room 311 — Channel A