Session 163: “Creativity, it turns out, is often practice in disguise…”

Thursday 8th August 2013

-Date: Thursday 8th August 2013
Host: @ICTEvangelist
Session Title: “Creativity, it turns out, is often practice in disguise…”
How can we unlock creativity in students and teachers with this rote learning style promoted in this quote from Doug Lemov in ‘Practice Perfect’?



Discussion Summary
The discussion took a number of different avenues; all looking at the ways in which creativity can be accomplished in the classroom. It was a really vibrant debate. One issue discussed was that the apparent loss of creativity from students during the KS2 to KS3 transition period. Another issue discussed was whether or not there’s room for creativity as part of the learning process. Others talked about the creativity of teachers, particularly when Ofsted come knocking. One thing that was clear was teachers taking part in the chat were clearly in favour of utilising creative means both for themselves and from their students.

Interestingly, the quote by Lemov and the discussion around rote learning and drilling of key skills to facilitate the ability to be creative under pressure was mostly one which was agreed with. This leads me on to the question then – if we think drilling and rote learning of key skills within subjects is important to facilitate creativity under pressure, how do we do it, who does it and what examples can you give?

All in all a chat with lively debate and some great ideas for how we as teachers and how students themselves can foster creativity.

To find out more about the topic I wholeheartedly recommend the book: Practice Perfect: 42 Rules for Getting Better at Getting Better by Doug Lemov.

It has changed my ‘practice’.

Notable Tweets
@csf0961: @ICTEvangelist #ukedchat what is the creativity about is it teaching creatively or teaching for creativity

@rachelorr: #UKedchat C ombine R earrange E liminate A dapt T ry E xtend

@teachertweaks: Nightmare moment when NQT. “”Ok guys, let’s get creative!”” A sea of blank faces… Creativity takes practice, I’ve learnt.

@surrealanarchy: The idea of constraints whether they be skills, ritual, knowledge, tradition, practice are essential to creative work

@rlj1981: don’t present it as *creative* just this is something we are trying to help our learning. #UKedchat

@janeyb22: I still think that there is scope for creative ways to meet the demands of OFSTED

@jamestheo: Well, as creativity is a means and learning is an end, it is important to focus on the end and not the means. #ukedchat

@surrealanarchy: Another way of seeing: Do you want kids to be uncreative?

@tstarkey1212: The problem I have with ‘creative’ is that it’s often used as a synonym for ‘indirect’.

@msfindlater: I think skills can be taught through a creative process as well as rote and both have benefits.

@s_armitage: Technology can also free up that creativity. That’s what I am looking forward to in the next year.

@urban_teacher: Creativity is also about giving students rich experiences that inspire them and from there they can come up with their own ideas.

@muttleyknight: Damn wish I had joined in tonight!!! #ukedchat

Tweet of the Week
@csf0961 a link to UK research into teaching and creativity

About your Host
Mark Anderson is an Assistant Headteacher at Sir Bernard Lovell School near Bristol. He is also the author of the ‘Perfect Ofsted ICT (every) Lesson’ and an Apple Distinguished Educator. Mark splits his time between work and family with a reflective blog where he hopes to help people with their use of technology and its related use in education. Find Mark on Twitter via @ICTEvangelist.

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