Teaching Creative Thinking

  1. It's 8pm. Time for #UKEdChat 
Topic: Teaching Creative Thinking
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  2. #UKEdChat Q1
Q1. How important is creative thinking in your subject?
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    #UKEdChat Q1 Q1. How important is creative thinking in your subject? Use the hashtag & A1... pic.twitter.com/esUhZOtsHN
  3. @ukedchat A1 #UKEdChat Critical. Not only do we have to prepare students for exams, but also their lives beyond these. Inc. jobs not yet conceived.
  4. @UKEdSch It should be embedded, with the highest of imporance, in every subject? #ukedchat
  5. @ukedchat A1 Extremely! Thinking outside the box is encouraged. That's how we discover new things. #ukedchat
  6. @UKEdSch A1 I'm not sure if they need to think creatively in Science but it helps when they're making things #ukedchat
  7. A1. Bloom's taxonomy no longer en vogue but creativity figures highly for all subjects #ukedchat
  8. @thechrissyt #UKEdChat Difficult when (some) schools only focus on getting exam results? :-(
  9. @UKEdSch A1 Creative thinking is vital across the curriculum whether solving a maths/science problem, writing or creating music or artwork #UKEdChat
  10. #A1 When working on writing fiction, I want students to be as in touch with their creativity as possible. #ed4335 #ukedchat
  11. A1. Creative thinking also critical for metacognitive skills/revision/learning to learn #ukedchat
  12. #UKEdChat Q2.
In your opinion, what key skills encompass creative thinking?
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    #UKEdChat Q2. In your opinion, what key skills encompass creative thinking? Use the hashtag & A2... pic.twitter.com/Y3mBbyz16W
  13. @UKEdSch Indeed - I hope my children will go to a school that value teaching and learning more than exam results. #ukedchat
  14. @ukedchat A1. Essential.It is easy to encourage pupils to see things the way we do however they should be encouraged to challenge everything #ukedchat
  15. @ukedchat A1. Very important. If students can demonstrate that they can create their own questions this shows they have grasped the concept. #UKEdChat
  16. @ukedchat No not always with other curriculum constraints but it can be done with a little creativity!
  17. @ukedchat Giving students free reign to write about what their interested in allows them to access their creative side! #ukedchat
  18. A2: All creativity is based on prior experience. Bending; breaking; blending behind innovative and creative thinking. #ukedchat
  19. A2. The ability to make connections between seemingly different topics #ukedchat
  20. @lcatherine91 Some individuals do that anyway 🙄 #UKEdChat We can call them 'awkward'!
  21. @lswasta It does, but is that important? Surely schools (and exams) are about facts and figures? #ukedchat
  22. A2: Brain takes path of least resistance. Challenge yourself to come up with more options. Challenges deeper thinking #Ukedchat
  23. @UnioByHarness Agree! Extremely essential with problem solving activities and real life application #UKEdChat
  24. @cazzash @PaulCarneyArts @ukedchat @thechrissyt @WillFastiggi @teacherchalky1 @keran77 Good one. How do you encourage mistakes? Are you a growth mindset teacher or do you have other strategies?
  25. @ukedchat @thechrissyt @WillFastiggi @cazzash @teacherchalky1 @keran77 A2 #UKEdChat For me, key skills in creative thinking are tackling real-world based problems with perseverance, adaptability & originality.
  26. @ukedchat @lswasta Surely not? Surely schools are about building a love of learning and curiosity about the world?
  27. #UKEdChat Q3
How important is creative thinking in giving pupils a well-rounded education?
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    #UKEdChat Q3 How important is creative thinking in giving pupils a well-rounded education? Use the hashtag & A3... pic.twitter.com/EvV2Q6hJJj
  28. @ukedchat @thechrissyt @WillFastiggi @cazzash @teacherchalky1 A2 Considering different viewpoints, asking 'what if...?' questions, exploring patterns / making links (not just obvious ones) #UKEdChat
  29. @ukedchat #ukedchat No. knowledge and purpose of the knowledge should be first priority. Know the rules and then break them...
  30. @ukedchat It's incredibly important! School is about learning and learning is so much more than facts. It's about expanding the mind #ed4335 #ukedchat
  31. @char19baker @thechrissyt @UnioByHarness @UKEdSch You are aware of the limitations and critiques about growth mindset, I assume? #UKEdChat
  32. @ukedchat A1 #UKEdChat It's essential to all subjects and indeed to future career success! I teach a STEM project a week to develop creative thinking.
  33. @ukedchat @char19baker @thechrissyt @UKEdSch Yup - following Inset from David Didau this yr plus TES article this week
  34. @ukedchat @thechrissyt @WillFastiggi @cazzash @teacherchalky1 @keran77 @lswasta @char19baker #ukedchat A3 It is vital to being well rounded and to being a problem solver - which is a key skill for any employee.
  35. #ukedchat Focus learning on soft skills and it empowers students to understand the metacognitive process. Workplace relevance apparent too https://t.co/3BtGqjKAui
    #ukedchat Focus learning on soft skills and it empowers students to understand the metacognitive process. Workplace relevance apparent too pic.twitter.com/3BtGqjKAui
  36. @ukedchat a2 #UKEdChat being able to think out of the box, try different methods, have an open mind, see Linus between different areas
  37. @HowtoSTEM What does creativity look like in the STEM subjects? #UKEdChat
  38. @ukedchat @thechrissyt @cazzash @teacherchalky1 @keran77 @lswasta @char19baker @Tackela A3 Ed. is more than what's in the books. It's inspiring minds to be able to think, be able to approach problems from diff angles #ukedchat
  39. @ukedchat certain things can be taught effectively in less creative ways, such as when revising or practising skills.
  40. #UKEdChat Q4
What activities in your subject support the development of creative thinking?
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    #UKEdChat Q4 What activities in your subject support the development of creative thinking? Use the hashtag & A4... pic.twitter.com/11Wekcp7TO
  41. @ukedchat @thechrissyt @WillFastiggi @cazzash @teacherchalky1 @lswasta @char19baker @Tackela A3 Children can surprise you with the depth and uniqueness of their thinking. Time and opportunity need to be dedicated to this #UKEdChat
  42. @thechrissyt @char19baker @UnioByHarness @UKEdSch #UKEdChat Additionally, many schools and teachers have not read or delved into the theory. At the end of the day, it's a theory! Anyway...
  43. #ukedchat A3. Danger of 'creativity' given lip service, empower students to challenge, question, offer alternatives, solve problems etc
  44. @keran77 @ukedchat @thechrissyt @WillFastiggi @cazzash @teacherchalky1 @lswasta @char19baker #ukedchat A3 1 It's about having a mix. Take the time to recognise secure knowledge and devise ways to get kids to experiment with it...
  45. @ukedchat @thechrissyt @WillFastiggi @cazzash @keran77 @lswasta @char19baker @Tackela A3 if you don't get them to think creatively you start to run the risk of becoming an exam factory #ukedchat
  46. A4. In English we are spoilt. Creative writing/hot seating/role-playing/alternative endings #ukedchat
  47. @ukedchat @thechrissyt @UnioByHarness @UKEdSch This was very intetesting and deserves more time, I will be passing it on. Thank you.
  48. @keran77 @ukedchat @thechrissyt @WillFastiggi @cazzash @teacherchalky1 @lswasta @char19baker #ukedchat A3 2 Use debates, discussions, opportunities to create drawings, short films, plays, opportunities to make things...
  49. Poetry is a fun way to let students access their creativity. Show examples then let them try their hand at it! #ed4335 #ukedchat
  50. #ukedchat A3 Soft skills like creativity need to be embedded in learning, to foster a mindset in all. Again, danger of lip service
  51. @ukedchat @thechrissyt @cazzash @teacherchalky1 @keran77 @lswasta @char19baker A4 Several ways in ICT. Use spreadsheets to design a city, Minecraft, using Scratch... the ways are endless really! #ukedchat
  52. @ukedchat Solving a practical, open ended real world problem. E.g. solve the following: how can we drop an egg from a height without it breaking?
  53. @ukedchat @thechrissyt @WillFastiggi @cazzash @teacherchalky1 @keran77 @lswasta @char19baker @Tackela It's a vital skill for approaching the range of diverse problems students encounter across all subjects and topics.
  54. @ukedchat @thechrissyt @WillFastiggi @cazzash @keran77 @lswasta @char19baker A4 Making models, interactive notebooks, student displays, role play, making short animations, the list could go on #ukedchat pic.twitter.com/9Jg4szctRUhttps://t.co/9Jg4szctRUpic.twitter.com/9Jg4szctRUhttps://t.co/9Jg4szctRUpic.twitter.com/9Jg4szctRU
  55. @ukedchat @thechrissyt @WillFastiggi @cazzash @teacherchalky1 @lswasta @char19baker A4 We have a thinking starter each morning (all different subjects). Here are some examples. With maths, open ended tasks #UKEdChat pic.twitter.com/3BhfQVhmc8https://t.co/3BhfQVhmc8pic.twitter.com/3BhfQVhmc8https://t.co/3BhfQVhmc8pic.twitter.com/3BhfQVhmc8
  56. @ukedchat @thechrissyt @WillFastiggi @cazzash @teacherchalky1 @keran77 @lswasta @char19baker @Tackela Critical & creative thinking are foundations of learning and progress, hence extremely important. #UKEdChat A3
  57. #UKEdChat Q5
What training have you had, or think would be beneficial to improve your teaching of creative thinking?
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    #UKEdChat Q5 What training have you had, or think would be beneficial to improve your teaching of creative thinking? Use the hashtag & A5... pic.twitter.com/4I2BLF9dcO
  58. I learned about covert and overt creativity from @davideagleman this week - very interesting. #ukedchat
  59. @ukedchat @thechrissyt @WillFastiggi @cazzash @teacherchalky1 @keran77 A2 #UKEdChat thinking differently to others, challenging what we are told and considering alternative routes if investigation.
  60. @ukedchat #UKEdChat a5 had fab growth mindset training. Plus creative writing training.
  61. @ukedchat @thechrissyt @UnioByHarness @UKEdSch Definitely my Head of T&L and to other staff members that are interested.
  62. @UKEdSch A5 Working with a HT who made thinking skills high priority for staff and chn has helped me! It changes your approach to things #UKEdChat
  63. #ukedchat A5 My best training sessions are on creativity because it releases teachers to enjoy themselves, we need a creative outlet!
  64. @ukedchat @Tackela @sing0utsue @HowtoSTEM A4. Using the SCAMPER model for product development. The use of Blue Ocean Strategy written by Chan Kim @BlueOceanStrtgy
  65. @ValiMD @MillionPassions @cazzash @ukedchat @thechrissyt @WillFastiggi @teacherchalky1 @lswasta @char19baker Last yr chn created parachutes, v creative ideas. Ask chn how could we find out ... in science. They think of amazing ideas! #UKEdChat
  66. @char19baker @ukedchat @thechrissyt @UKEdSch I personally like lots of Dwech's ideas of Growth Mindset too though - esp the encouraging of mistakes 🙌
  67. #UKEdChat Q6
Does the school system stifle creativity and, if so, what can be done?
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    #UKEdChat Q6 Does the school system stifle creativity and, if so, what can be done? Use the hashtag & A6... pic.twitter.com/G0ObIoEhXy
  68. @ukedchat @thechrissyt @WillFastiggi @cazzash @teacherchalky1 @lswasta @char19baker We also do Talk It Over lessons. It's PSHCE based and chn have the opportunity to think and talk about various topics #UKEdChat
  69. A5. Training in active reading techniques - including 'criticising the writer' #ukedchat
  70. @amyburvall @IntentionBook I loved the Oreo Challenge! No samples left after I tried that one!  #ukedchat 100s of creative ideas in one book https://t.co/q8kGLNZ6uV
    @amyburvall @IntentionBook I loved the Oreo Challenge! No samples left after I tried that one! #ukedchat 100s of creative ideas in one book pic.twitter.com/q8kGLNZ6uV
  71. @ukedchat @eylanezekiel A5 #UKEdChat Training that provides a bank of practical, creative thinking activities. Hoping to set up something similar myself for STEM.
  72. @ukedchat @thechrissyt @WillFastiggi @cazzash @teacherchalky1 @keran77 @lswasta @Tackela @sing0utsue A5- I had a maths CPD course at one of the hubs. We took a picture and developed mathematical questions based on the picture. Helped me to think creatively with my resources. #ukedchat
  73. @Tackela @ukedchat @thechrissyt @WillFastiggi @cazzash @teacherchalky1 @lswasta @char19baker I love maths, music and art and this is one way to share my passion for certain things with the chn I teach. #UKEdChat
  74. @ukedchat @HowtoSTEM A5 More time and space to play. Most teachers have forgotten how in all the tidying up. #ukedchat .
  75. @ukedchat @thechrissyt @cazzash @teacherchalky1 @keran77 @lswasta @char19baker A6 It can do. They're too worried about test scores and ticking all the boxes to allow room for creativity. #ukedchat
  76. @ukedchat @sing0utsue @HowtoSTEM @eylanezekiel @ValiMD #ukedchat A6 1 The school systems favours academia...so, effective curriculum design is crucial to allowing for creativity.
  77. #ukedchat A6 Some claim creativity when it's tinkering at best. Creativity is unpredictable and uncontrollable. And with kids? Daring!
  78. #ukedchat A6 When creativity is mastered it is inspirational (see Bradford school in Guardian this week) - on my Twitter feed
  79. @ukedchat @sing0utsue @HowtoSTEM @eylanezekiel @ValiMD #ukedchat A6 2 Create curriculum that's knowledge based, uses effective learning strategies and allows for creativity BUT years 6, 10 and 11
  80. #UKEdChat Q7
Does creative teaching require creative teachers?
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    #UKEdChat Q7 Does creative teaching require creative teachers? Use the hashtag & A7... pic.twitter.com/16MASBpNbK
  81. @ukedchat @thechrissyt @cazzash @teacherchalky1 @keran77 @lswasta @char19baker A6 con't - Schools should realise that creativity inspires learning. Makes it fun and enjoyable. #ukedchat
  82. Students benefit from example. Showing them your creative side can inspire your students to do the same. #ed4335 #ukedchat
  83. @ukedchat @thechrissyt @WillFastiggi @cazzash @teacherchalky1 @keran77 @lswasta @char19baker A7. Yes, in most cases. Teachers need to be creative in their thinking when dealing with pupils on a daily basis #UKEdChat
  84. @ukedchat @thechrissyt @WillFastiggi @cazzash @teacherchalky1 @keran77 @lswasta @char19baker A7 #UKEdChat Not necessarily. Creative thinking requires teachers to be open-minded & to stand back, letting the pupils lead their learning.
  85. #ukedchat A6 It's called Modelling!!!!!! The best teachers (IMHO) are the creative ones cos they see different ways to do the conventional  https://twitter.com/lswasta/status/918561929043554310 
  86. @UKEdSch A7 - need confidence. Often creativity involves a step into the unknown. #UKEDChat
  87. @ukedchat @sing0utsue @HowtoSTEM @eylanezekiel @ValiMD #ukedchat A6 3 ...might require a slightly different approach aimed at consolidating and applying previous knowledge to new contexts/texts.
  88. @ukedchat @thechrissyt @WillFastiggi @cazzash @teacherchalky1 @keran77 @lswasta @char19baker Tchrs are under pressure to prepare pupils for exams & therefore testing can become the focus rather than encouraging creativity. #ukedchat
  89. @digicoled @ukedchat @thechrissyt @WillFastiggi @cazzash @teacherchalky1 @lswasta @char19baker A7 I think teaching develops your creativity and thinking skills over time with the experience of different classes, topics ... #UKEdChat
  90. @ukedchat @thechrissyt @WillFastiggi @cazzash @teacherchalky1 @keran77 @lswasta A7- if you work with other creative teachers you can become one. I've learnt to be creative because of others. I agree you have to be open to be creative. #UKEdChat
  91. @ukedchat @thechrissyt @WillFastiggi @cazzash @teacherchalky1 @keran77 @lswasta @char19baker A7. Not necessarily creative teachers! It definitely requires enthusiastic teachers who are equipped with a range of Q&A skills #ukedchat
  92. #UKEdChat Q8
What role does independence play in creativity?
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    #UKEdChat Q8 What role does independence play in creativity? Use the hashtag & A8... pic.twitter.com/m3oWTkZ6lR
  93. First, it requires an education system that welcomes creative teachers + allows them to teach, cf force-feeding pupils by dictat  https://twitter.com/ukedchat/status/918561771203506176 
  94. @lcatherine91 @ukedchat @thechrissyt @WillFastiggi @cazzash @teacherchalky1 @keran77 @lswasta @char19baker You have a good point. It does hinder creativity to an extent but there is still hope. A creative tchr will find a way
  95. #UKEdChat Any excuse to get the students' creative juices flowing, topical creative writing competitions right through the year!
  96. #ukedchat A8. Independence (another soft skill) comes from confidence of knowing you can take risks, fail, try again without blame
  97. @ukedchat @Tackela @sing0utsue @HowtoSTEM @eylanezekiel @ValiMD @savedyouaspot Q8. Creativity requires: research, strategy and collaboration. Community of enquiry has a bigger role to play IMO #ukedchat
  98. @ValiMD @ukedchat @Tackela @sing0utsue @HowtoSTEM @savedyouaspot I disagree. Creativity isn't all Lennon and McCartney. It can be more prosaic yet equally powerful #ukedchat A7
  99. #UKEdChat Q9
Does specialisation improve or decrease creative thinking?
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    #UKEdChat Q9 Does specialisation improve or decrease creative thinking? Use the hashtag & A9... pic.twitter.com/ytdEkgkWDC
  100. @ukedchat @Tackela @sing0utsue @HowtoSTEM @eylanezekiel @ValiMD A8 in order for one to be creative they must feel confident to try smg out. Independence is key. #UKEdChat
  101. #UKEdChat Involve even the least able students, I encourage their creativity by using acrostic poems they are proud to be able to produce.
  102. #ukedchat A9 Creativity (like all soft skills) must be embedded so its used consistently across curriculum (how I turned my school around)
  103. @savedyouaspot @ukedchat @thechrissyt @WillFastiggi @cazzash @teacherchalky1 @keran77 @lswasta @char19baker @Tackela @TeamSUNCETT @Will_Ord Try embedding P4C in a subject lesson! It makes lessons really engaging and helps learners to develop deeper subject understanding
  104. @ukedchat @Tackela @sing0utsue @HowtoSTEM @eylanezekiel @ValiMD @savedyouaspot A9. #ukedchat I think it can help and hinder. More opportunities to stretch learning further, yet thinking beyond speciality can be harder.
  105. @eylanezekiel @ValiMD @ukedchat @Tackela @sing0utsue @savedyouaspot Agree. If we say teachers have to be creative thinkers to teach creative thinking we alienate people. It's all about having an open mind.
  106. @UKEdSch A8 Independence can be an important factor in creativity, learning to think for yourself. Chn can do this when given opportunities #UKEdChat
  107. @ukedchat @Tackela @sing0utsue @HowtoSTEM @eylanezekiel @savedyouaspot Independence allows for "out of the box" thinking that stimulates creativity, among others #UKEdChat A8
  108. #UKEdChat Q10
How do you strive to be more creative as an educator?
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    #UKEdChat Q10 How do you strive to be more creative as an educator? Use the hashtag & A10... pic.twitter.com/BosmB5up7o
  109. @savedyouaspot @ukedchat @thechrissyt @WillFastiggi @cazzash @teacherchalky1 @keran77 @lswasta @char19baker @Tackela @TeamSUNCETT @Will_Ord I have written a generic P4C SoW and LP template. Write one then make small adjustments! You can do it as a starter or plenary! #ukedchat
  110. @ukedchat @thechrissyt @WillFastiggi @cazzash @teacherchalky1 @keran77 @lswasta @char19baker Q10. #UKEdChat Always being on the look out for new ideas, theories and activities to support the teaching and learning process, creatively.
  111. @ukedchat @sing0utsue @HowtoSTEM @eylanezekiel @ValiMD @savedyouaspot #ukedchat A9 It's not about specialisation. It's about the teacher and how they or their school interpret creative thinking.
  112. @ukedchat @thechrissyt @cazzash @teacherchalky1 @keran77 @lswasta @char19baker A9 Maybe increase. Having enthusiasm on a specific subject could give the knowledge on how to promote creativity in certain areas #ukedchat
  113. #ukedchat A10 By always looking for change, improvement. Evaluating to improve. Good teachers do it all the time, Outstanding ones excel
  114. @ukedchat @Tackela @sing0utsue @HowtoSTEM @eylanezekiel @ValiMD @savedyouaspot A9- at the beginning I found it hard to think outside my specialism but the more I worked with other subjects, the better I got at at thinking creatively. I believe confidence in my subject was also a factor. #UKEdChat
  115. @digicoled @ukedchat @thechrissyt @WillFastiggi @cazzash @teacherchalky1 @lswasta @char19baker A10 I listen to the chn I teach, I learn from colleagues, I look for ideas and read lots."How could I use that?" I think #UKEdChat
  116. So upset to have missed the chat today! A good topic. #ukedchat
  117. #UKEdChat A10, I think it's an ongoing process, we constantly strive to find ways to creatively stimulate the young people we work with.
  118. @ukedchat @thechrissyt @WillFastiggi @cazzash @teacherchalky1 @keran77 @lswasta @char19baker By beginning each project with a real-world problem and allowing children to lead their learning based on their interests and curiosity.
  119. @ukedchat @thechrissyt @cazzash @teacherchalky1 @keran77 @lswasta @char19baker A10 Always encouraging students to test things in ICT. I learn the most from them, their ideas and creativity! #ukedchat
  120. One thing - creativity (to me) is about connecting the dots. Whether in English, maths, art, etc. creative people see connections. #ukedchat
  121. @ukedchat @sing0utsue @HowtoSTEM @eylanezekiel @ValiMD @savedyouaspot #ukedchat A10 I strive to mix it up and level it up each time. Sometimes that means creativity; sometimes = looking at a topic in a new way.
  122. This is vital. The best schools encourage this culture of pedagogy, learning is learning (not content acquisition) #ukedchat  https://twitter.com/char19baker/status/918566187847553024 
  123. #UKEdChat A10 by being a magpie and picking up tips and hints from colleagues!
  124. And seeing the connections comes with practise - good teachers will encourage making of connections #ukedchat
  125. @ukedchat @thechrissyt @WillFastiggi @cazzash @teacherchalky1 @keran77 @lswasta A10- I observe SS responses to lessons, our SS are very honest and with their difficulties one SS is not the same, because of this, they challenge me to be more creative. #UKEdChat