We believe that a learning organization can create the conditions and capacities most conducive for leaders, teachers, and students to perform at high levels and meet the expectations of new learning standards.
In what ways are you nurturing your educators to be creative in their learning design? In what ways are your educators supporting their learners to be creative as they access content and demonstrate understanding?
Creativity is a means to accessibility.
By providing multiple means of representation, expression, and engagement, we open the door to accommodating multiple learning differences and remove the ceiling for all of our students to reach high levels of learning.
Are you looking for tangible resources to help teachers close that knowing-doing gap when it comes to integrating creativity into the classroom? This post includes three books I recommend for inspiration: Play Like a Pirate, Intention, and Bold School.
Have you considered challenging students to create action figures to represent characters in the text they are reading? What about asking students to design basketball jerseys for March Madness to represent their communities?
In his book, Play Like a Pirate, Quinn Rollins provides idea after idea for implementing ways for students to creatively interact with concepts and demonstrate understanding.
As an added bonus, his website, quinnrollins.com is loaded with templates, student work samples, recommendations for materials to use in the classroom, and candid thoughts on implementation from the author himself.
Intention: Critical Creativity in the Classroom, by Amy Burvall and Dan Ryder is a book of inspiration. Organized into categories including: Creating with Words, Creating with Images, Creating with Sounds, Creating with the Body, Creating with Stuff, and Creating with Social Media, the book cries out for markings in the margins, sticky notes, and dog-eared corners to come back to later.
Each creative idea is accompanied by a corresponding hashtag to utilize on social media. Check out #intentionoreo or #intentionimaged to see some of these strategies in action.
Weston Kieschnick brings us Bold School: Old School Wisdom + New School Technologies = Blended Learning that Works. I cannot emphasize enough how much I love and appreciate step one in the 5 BOLD Steps to Masterful Blended Learning: Determine the Learning Outcome. Yes – this is it. Always begin with the end in mind.
This book emphasizes the value of the educator and sheds light on ideas to take what works, and how integration of technology can elevate instruction and enhance learning.
Are you inspired by any of these books? Do you have others to share to support creativity?