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1 In the age of uncertainty… It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. Charles Darwin Creativity: Breaking the rules Finding new solutions Opening up your mind.....

2 What does outstanding creativity look like?

3 What if? Is a broken down car parked? Does a cat think? Where does the sky begin? What does sadness taste like? WRONGRIGHT

4 How do you see it? Success and failure are a perception Does how you see it change the outcome? Create a state of curiosity

5 State of the nation survey Campaign for Learning How do students prefer to learn? 56% prefer practical (35% in 1998) 37% prefer computers 17% from a teacher (29% in 1998) How do students actually experience learning in school? 65% copy from board or book 63% listening to a teacher talking for a long time (these scores had been steadily declining until shooting back up last year) TOP CAUSAL FACTORS FOR PERSISTENT ABSENCE: DULL LESSONS WITH TOO MUCH TEACHER TALK. WORK IS TOO EASY WITH NO PACE AND CHALLENGE

6 Primitive Emotional Thinking NOVELTY RULES

7 What is outstanding? Learning and progress The quality of learning is exceptional. Students demonstrate excellent concentration and are rarely off task even for extended periods without adult direction They have developed a resilience when tackling challenging activities Their keenness and commitment to succeed in all aspects of school life and ability to grasp opportunities to extend and improve their learning are exceptional. Progress is at least good for different groups of students and exemplary for some students. Teaching and assessment Teaching is at least good and often outstanding as students are making exceptional progress. Students are enthused which ensures they learn really well. Excellent subject knowledge is applied to challenge and inspire students. Resources, including new technology make a marked contribution to learning as does the targeted support from other adults Teachers are aware of students capabilities and their prior learning and understanding and plan effectively to build on these. Marking and dialogue between teachers and other adults and students are of consistently high quality. Its all about demonstrating progress

8 8 Pause for thought / Reflection time Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump on the back of his head behind Christopher Robin. It is, as far as he knows, the only way of coming downstairs. But sometimes he feels there really is another way, if only he could stop bumping for a moment and think of it. - (A. A. Milne 1882 – 1956)

9 Demonstrating progress How?

10 Objectives/Learning outcomes (differentiated) To know some strategies for encouraging creativity in the classroom that improve progress in learning To demonstrate creative thinking Engaged in more innovative thinking that creates new solutions Fully confident to use strategies and share with others

11 Encouraging creativity 1.The power of quantity 2.Make yourself uncomfortable 3.Mantle of the expert – fake it to make it 4.Stories and metaphors 5.Another way – room, resources, recording 6.New technology – text, blog, twitter 7.Turn on the Association machine

12 Teachers - whats the difference? Satisfactory? Fount of knowledge filling empty vessels Didactic – teacher guides students Teacher questions Outcome focus Intelligence is fixed Teacher talks OutstandingFacilitator Student centred activity Students construct questions/challenges Students co-designers Students judge success, self correcting Creative opportunities Success and failure equal partners for learning Reflection/ metacognition Develops habits/dispositions Language for learning Differentiated outcomes

13 CREATIVE, COLLABORATIVE, CHALLENGING A student-led curriculum..\Teaching children not subjects\Create your own country task plan doc.doc..\Teaching children not subjects\Eco Festival task plan.doc..\Teaching children not subjects\Create your own country task plan doc.doc..\Teaching children not subjects\Eco Festival task plan.doc..\Primary learners toolkit\Section 3 'WEDDING PLAN' scheme and materials.doc

14 Do lots of DIRT Dedicated Improvement and Reflection Time CREATIVELY....

15 Learning to learn – the secret skill Developing a set of skills and habits that facilitate a self- awareness and resilience in learning. Being able to transfer skills and learning from one context to another Understanding how you as an individual learn best and knowing how to use this effectively HOW? Using meta-cognition(thinking about learning) to develop the above as part of the school experience Excellence is not an art but a habit - Aristotle Use PLTs framework Self manager Effective participator Creative thinker Reflective learner Independent Enquirer Team worker

16 16 Aims of Education rephrased Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one. The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but… a fire to be lighted - Plutarch (46 – 120) - Malcom S. Forbes (1919 – 1990)

17 The Teachers Toolkit Paul Ginnis, Crown House The Learners Toolkit Jackie Beere, Crown House The Little Book of Inspirational Teaching Activities David Hodgson, Crown House The Lazy Teachers Handbook Jim Smith, Crown House Slide 17 PowerPoint Presentation Thanks for listening

18 ISBN ISBN Crownhouse Publishing


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