Session 352: Creativity in Schools

  1. #UKEdChat - Question 1
How do you personally define creativity, and what is your main influence? https://t.co/g68e1JASfB
    #UKEdChat - Question 1 How do you personally define creativity, and what is your main influence? pic.twitter.com/g68e1JASfB
  2. @ukedchat A1 Using ideas or the imagination to create something. Trying to give pupils the skill #UKEdChat
  3. @UKEdSch Creativity can be defined as individuality. It's about your imagination & how you delve into it to source ideas. It's inspiration #UKEdChat
  4. A1: Being original - trying new things or trying things in new ways. Producing unique outcomes. #ukedchat
  5. @ukedchat To me, it goes beyond subjects. Creativity is a way of thinking and seeing the world #ukedchat
  6. @UKEdSch A1 I Creativity is to do with being innovative in the classroom, if you try the same old things you'll get the same old results #ukedchat
  7. A1 Being given the freedom to think outside the box! My main influence focusing on children above policy  https://twitter.com/ukedchat/status/860207782506754049 
  8. A1 Anything that comes from your own imagination is creative. Reading is the biggest influence #ukedchat
  9. @Team_Satchel @UKEdSch Looking at your experiences in life, and applying them to different situations #UKEdChat
  10. There also feels like a kind of transcendence with creativty - like you have risen above the mundane/current options to see more #ukedchat
  11. @digicoled @ukedchat Do you think creativity means 'unique' thinking and way of seeing the world? #ukedchat
  12. @AislingSBrown Like that #UKEdChat We all come from different experiences in our lives. It’s about using them as a creative source.
  13. @ICTmagic @digicoled @ukedchat Unique is not the issue. It should be unique (or new) for you. At least as a first step in skill development. #ukedchat
  14. @Elizabethutch For you, yes #UKEdChat For others, there will be greater influences, and as educators, we need to recognise that :-)
  15. @ukedchat Showing our view of the world, determined by our experiences, and expressing this through what we say, write, draw etc. #ukedchat
  16. @Miss_E_Miller @ukedchat Isn't working within a system, but succeeding despite it, still creative? #ukedchat
  17. #UKEdChat - Question 2
Has creativity evolved in your school, and if so, how? https://t.co/hugFy64w1T
    #UKEdChat - Question 2 Has creativity evolved in your school, and if so, how? pic.twitter.com/hugFy64w1T
  18. @ICTmagic @ukedchat Not ‘unique’ necessarily #UKEdChat but a different perspective explored from own life experiences
  19. @UKEdSch @ukedchat Difficult to answer! Personally I find creating from scratch hard, but developing ideas to create a final product much easier #UKEdChat
  20. I think creativity is about connecting the dots that are not always connected. Learned over time... #ukedchat
  21. @ukedchat Yes, I'd agree with that 👍 I wasn't posing my comment as definitive 😮😁
  22. Would echo that sentiment #UKEdChat You see an idea or resource and think “How could I use that in my classroom…?”  https://twitter.com/AislingSBrown/status/860209739145392128 
  23. A2: I feel like more Ts are inviting Ss to ask the tough questions and explore their own thoughts, especially through 20% time #ukedchat
  24. A2 Yes. Particularly in P.E we are aiming to give pupils more choice as to where the direction of their learning goes #UKEdChat
  25. @ukedchat Subverting the rules, having a different and 'unusual' approach to whatever the topic is. A way of thinking, not just doing. #ukedchat
  26. @ICTmagic @ukedchat I think @joe__kirby described facts & creativity as a 'double helix' which I thought was v true and v profound! (Apologies if misquote)
  27. @ukedchat Saw it go from 100% creative learning right down to 25% with a greater focus on tests, assessment and accountability #UKEdChat :-(
  28. @UKEdSch A2 I'm not sure I'd say across the whole school, but it defiantly has i my own teaching #ukedchat
  29. In schools it means daring to give students opportunities to step outside boxes & boundaries - & the confidence to take that step! #UKEdChat
  30. @ukedchat I work in higher ed in a theatre so it's always been creative, but over the years student involvement has increased dramatically #ukedchat
  31. @digicoled Agreed, everyone is different but I believe that without reading creativity is difficult. Any reading helps to inspire. #ukedchat
  32. I always thought the idea of education was to learn to think for yourself. #UKEdchat #Essex https://t.co/AuEu860LCV
    I always thought the idea of education was to learn to think for yourself. #UKEdchat #Essex pic.twitter.com/AuEu860LCV
  33. @ICTmagic @digicoled @ukedchat That's like asking if only finite number of people can get in physical shape. The answer is No. Anyone can. Res may vary though. #ukedchat
  34. Play seems to have an influence in creativity. #ukedchat
  35. @ukedchat I don't teach IB yet, but from what I can see, it seems as though there is more creative capacity on that course than GCSE/A-level
  36. @BST_Principal Is this achievable? #UKEdChat Do pupils and parents expect results too much?
  37. Education is what is left after all the facts have been forgotten - don't know who said that but always a favourite quote. #ukedchat
  38. @Elizabethutch Hmm, I see plenty of creativity with young learners who cannot yet read. They are incredibly creative in their play :-) #UKEdChat
  39. #MrV: Education is what is left after all the facts have been forgotten - don't know who said that but always a favourite quote. #ukedchat
  40. @digicoled ok you have me there, but even really young children can be inspired by a picture book :) #ukedchat
  41. #UKEdChat - Question 3
How creative is your practice, and what do you focus on? https://t.co/wnRPRxhkQw
    #UKEdChat - Question 3 How creative is your practice, and what do you focus on? pic.twitter.com/wnRPRxhkQw
  42. @UKEdSch I'd love to know peoples different experiences on this topic! #UKEdChat
  43. It's so important to encourage & celebrate genuinely student-led activity to establish a culture of creativity in schools #UKEdChat
  44. Not running away but have a taxi run to do. Thanks for the very brief chat :) #ukedchat
  45. @storifiedart What have you experienced? #UKEdChat And how do you define ‘creativity’?
  46. A3 Very. Giving pupils responsibility to make their own games, activities and rules #UKEdChat
  47. @ICTmagic @digicoled @ukedchat I prefer: the skills to always find extraordinary in the ordinary. To look at something and never see it the same way twice #ukedchat
  48. A3 I Try to put pupils in games and ask them to find different solutions or ways to achieve different goals #UKEdChat
  49. #ukedchat Its not really my practice that's creative - the real creativity comes from the students
  50. @UKEdSch A3 I like to split the lesson up into sections and think of how to spice each section up with games ect #ukedchat
  51. @UKEdSch As a teacher myself I experienced fear of arts-based work from staff and pupils. Year 6 having had minimal experience of paints #UKEdChat
  52. @UKEdSch I believe everyone has the power to be creative. Creativity is the removal of fear through the act of making something you love #UKEdChat
  53. @UKEdSch @ukedchat I would be very interested to know if/how schools actively develop creativity, rather than just encouraging and letting it happen. #UKEdChat
  54. I get a bit more creative after I get boring - ie during death-by-revision season. Boredom prerequisite for creativity sometimes! #ukedchat
  55. @Elizabethutch Oh completely #UKEdChat I love seeing how easy you can capture them with books. Important to offer wide range of creative experiences :-)
  56. @UKEdSch A1: Creativity is about imagination and thinking differently. My main influences are art, music, books and the chn I teach. #UKEdChat
  57. @EggtoothProject @UKEdSch Thank you so much :) I'm on a mission to help keep our classrooms creative. Arts-based creative writing for all children 😍#UKEdChat
  58. @seempli @digicoled @ukedchat In practice, what does that look like? Can you cite specific examples from your own teaching experience? #ukedchat
  59. Giving a bit of a chance for being creative should be part of every lesson so it creativity becomes more habitual. #ukedchat
  60. #ukedchat real creativity should feel like play and play is how we learn - does there need to be an output ?
  61. @UKEdSch A2 Creativity has evolved through being empowered by HT to do so. Thinking differently, using ideas from colleagues #UKEdChat
  62. @ICTmagic @digicoled @ukedchat 1 Confession: I am not a T. But I have developed a platform to do just that (develop the ability to see things diff and imagine) #ukedchat
  63. @UKEdSch I am 100% about creative practice. I try to free kids from the constraints of 'doing it right' to create work they that love #UKEdChat https://t.co/WA61zwKKP2
    @UKEdSch I am 100% about creative practice. I try to free kids from the constraints of 'doing it right' to create work they that love #UKEdChat pic.twitter.com/WA61zwKKP2
  64. @ukedchat A3 I focus on giving pupils opportunities to think about how the learning relates to their experiences & to question and challenge #ukedchat
  65. As a teacher don't play the read-my-mind game when you ask a question - really think about answers that on the surface are 'wrong' #ukedchat
  66. @_theteachr My greatest creative thinking moments are when i'm doing nothing #UKEdChat Perhaps why so many in edu are not creative - no time!
  67. 2... you'll sometime find gems of creativity ... #ukedchat
  68. Schools often value conformity over creativity. Can true unbounded creativity really exist in our schooling system? #UKEdChat
  69. @ICTmagic @digicoled @ukedchat 2 Once this core skill is developed, it can be applied to exploring any subject (in biz org, schools, personal life...) #ukedchat
  70. @EggtoothProject @UKEdSch Yeah, mess and lack of confidence often, and also due to art often being a squeezed out topic (pardon the pun lol) #UKEdChat
  71. #UKEdChat - Question 4
Could a ‘creative curriculum’ design work across ALL key stages? Why? https://t.co/tp7Wjt6ryC
    #UKEdChat - Question 4 Could a ‘creative curriculum’ design work across ALL key stages? Why? pic.twitter.com/tp7Wjt6ryC
  72. @EggtoothProject Is that true? Creativity can be hard work - & a successful outcome (& recognition of its worth) incredibly rewarding. #ukedchat
  73. @UKEdSch A3 We focus on thinking skills across the curriculum. I focus on that mainly. I've become more creative in teaching maths too #UKEdChat
  74. @UKEdSch A3 We focus on thinking skills across the curriculum. I focus on that mainly. I've become more creative in teaching maths too #UKEdChat
  75. @lcatherine91 Would agree with aspects of this #UKEdChat But how much time do students have for this? Some thinking will take place hours after lessons.
  76. @EggtoothProject @UKEdSch Based in the North East but now beginning to deliver workshops nationwide which is very exciting! #UKEdChat
  77. @seempli @digicoled @ukedchat Fair enough. But you (I assume) went to school once (perhaps twice! 😋). What would it look like in practice for your school days? #ukedchat
  78. @ukedchat I fear that exams and accountability would prevent this #UKEdChat
  79. @ukedchat A4 Yes. Allowing pupils to use their imagination and ideas to create different kinds of responses, answers and work #UKEdChat
  80. @UKEdSch I believe so. Topic based learning is immersive and I think experienced based learning drives a higher level of pupil engagement #UKEdChat
  81. @ICTmagic @digicoled @ukedchat Less grades and more being open to surprising questions by Ss (even if the answer is not in the pre-defined material) #ukedchat
  82. @UKEdSch A4 in theory yes, but would need good planning a resources to be put i place before hand #ukedchat
  83. We shouldn't compartmentalise creativity as a type of lesson. Look for it more proactively in every day situations. you'll see it. #UKedchat
  84. @ClearSkyCharity @UKEdSch Thank you so much! I love watching the children engage with writing and art this way - really inspires me to keep going #UKEdChat
  85. @ICTmagic @seempli @ukedchat At the end of Year 6 and Year 11? Yes! Everything else builds up to those critical moments for schools #UKEdChat
  86. @ICTmagic @digicoled @ukedchat Necessarily? No. But they do create a strong bias toward "the right answer". And that's a #creativity killer #ukedchat
  87. @UKEdSch A4 Our topics form a connected curriculum as much as we can. It's promoted creativity in teaching and learning. #UKEdChat
  88. @ukedchat @teacherchalky1 @UKEdSch I reckon secondary school pupils would benefit from a more creative curriculum approach, although it would take careful planning! #UKEdChat
  89. #UKEdChat - Question 6
How can school leaders support teachers to be creative in their subjects? https://t.co/Ee6cO6gUOF
    #UKEdChat - Question 6 How can school leaders support teachers to be creative in their subjects? pic.twitter.com/Ee6cO6gUOF
  90. @ICTmagic @seempli @digicoled @ukedchat No - but they can be allowed to... although encouraging a culture of creativity can improve be good for grades too. #ukedchat
  91. We love seeing the light come on in a child where they found something they enjoy & have possibly never considered #UKEdChat @ukedchat
  92. @ukedchat Allow teachers freedom; trust their professional judgements, and; take a few creative risks themselves #UKEdChat
  93. @ukedchat I think that pupils have to relate the learning to their own experiences to have any real understanding of it? That, in itself, is creative.
  94. Was it Einstein that said that creativity in thinking was a major strategy in discovery? #UKEdChat
  95. @UKEdSch They have to be brave - and take those risks that allow freedom. It's so hard in the current testing culture we have but its true #UKEdChat
  96. @lcatherine91 Yes, and schools should also support in widening their life experiences, with range of different arts #UKEdChat
  97. Try this: when you hear a wrong answer, pause and think why they have that answer-even if it seems silly. Will give you an insight #ukedchat
  98. @UKEdSch A5 Share ideas, model good practice, encourage others to think differently, make sure everyone knows that is allowed and needed! #UKEdChat
  99. @digicoled @ukedchat A6 Allow for themed days. New types of lesson. Signpost and encourage staff towards creative resources #UKEdChat
  100. #UKedchat A6 they can allow time for things to go wrong to encourage risks.
  101. #UKEdChat - Q6
Each and every subject has the opportunity to add creativity. What creative opportunities do you see in your subject area? https://t.co/udc4pIVj5X
    #UKEdChat - Q6 Each and every subject has the opportunity to add creativity. What creative opportunities do you see in your subject area? pic.twitter.com/udc4pIVj5X
  102. Ive been lucky so far to meet some daring heads who believe in the power of creative freedom for children. Great schools, fab kids #UKedchat pic.twitter.com/EMxo08o2Avhttps://t.co/EMxo08o2Avpic.twitter.com/EMxo08o2Avhttps://t.co/EMxo08o2Avpic.twitter.com/EMxo08o2Avhttps://t.co/EMxo08o2Avpic.twitter.com/EMxo08o2Av
  103. @ukedchat #ukedchat No, not in my experience. I don't always think it's down to them, but the system they feel bound to.
  104. @ukedchat A6 Pupils planning and leading parts of the lesson. Sharing their ideas with others and teaching their peers #UKEdChat
  105. @UKEdSch I think that schools can learn a lot from the EYFS in their subject specific approach to creative learning #UKEdChat
  106. @BST_Principal @ICTmagic @seempli @digicoled @ukedchat Isn't creativity predicated on knowledge to some extent? Therefore, knowledge (thus grades) are an important factor in creativity #ukedchat
  107. @UKEdSch Treat art, music, kinaesthetic experiences as the vehicle through which to deliver science, maths, writing etc #UKEdChat
  108. @storifiedart @UKEdSch Indeed. We say that with virtually every #UKEdChat topic, but do we learn? The system doesn't it!
  109. @ukedchat Agreed. It's worth bearing in mind for teachers who aren't school leaders but who want more creativity. #ukedchat
  110. @darthaniel2007 @BST_Principal @ICTmagic @digicoled @ukedchat It is built on raw materials. That's why observation is important. Anything can be raw material, inc. "formal" knowledge. #ukedchat
  111. @ukedchat @UKEdSch I love the EYFS. I've often said the holistic approach to learning could make huge strides across KS1 and 2 - system is fixated on 'results'
  112. #UKEdChat - Question 7
What are the most creative approaches to T&L you have observed? https://t.co/An5KzxQ3Qc
    #UKEdChat - Question 7 What are the most creative approaches to T&L you have observed? pic.twitter.com/An5KzxQ3Qc
  113. @ukedchat A7 Mostly Art showcases and Science experiments being used #UKEdChat
  114. @UKEdSch I think sometimes handing the reins over to the children can be super creative - and surprisingly productive! Involve them more #UKEdChat
  115. @keran77 @UKEdSch Is modelling and sharing always creative? It's often used to stifle creativity and encourage the norm. #ukedchat
  116. @UKEdSch A6 For maths I try to do more outdoor learning with my class. They enjoy it and we cover the same maths LOs just differently #UKEdChat
  117. @storifiedart @UKEdSch Creative for who? I think more for the teacher to move out comfort zone. That's (nearly) always a good thing ☺️ then kids benefit. #ukedchat
  118. Children who participate in theatre learn creative thinking, team work, & build self-esteem #education #cultivatingcreativity #UKEdChat
  119. @ukedchat A7 Hands-on science lessons so chn can trial and improve thinking, use of drama + computing in English to explore characters #UKEdChat
  120. @ukedchat Such as writing a text message conversation when learning about dialogue in a story. #UKEdChat
  121. @ukedchat Creativity is stifled by constant assessment.
  122. #ukedchat puppet making can be a great way for children to experience all sorts of subjects.
  123. @LittleCreative Yes, always a nice idea and activity #UKEdChat Should try it with older learners ;0)
  124. #ukedchat it seems easier to introduce creativity into primary as it is more cross curricular. Secondary is so rigid in it's subjects
  125. @ukedchat I love 'genre blending' in English. E.g. Chuck some persuasive viewpoints in narrative. That's creativity that's truly unique #ukedchat