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Creativity & Innovation in the Classroom A Continuation of Thinking and Work at Walnut Hills Elementary November 6, 2013 #waukthetalk.

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1 Creativity & Innovation in the Classroom A Continuation of Thinking and Work at Walnut Hills Elementary November 6, 2013 #waukthetalk

2 As long as you be breathin’…

3 Learning Targets Participants will understand the 21st Century Universal Constructs and how they contribute to innovative learning. Participants will examine the environments that encourage creative thinking and innovative work within the classroom. Participants will explore technology and arts integration as tools for working in the 21st Century. Participants will discover inquiry-based frameworks, strategies, and activities.

4 OUR VEHICLE FOR LEARNING Participants will discover inquiry-based frameworks, strategies, and activities. TOPIC OF STUDY Creativity & Innovation

5 Googledoc: Creativity and Innovation in the Classroom Visual Surroundings Connection Checkpoints (lots of K-1 examples) Our Learning Map

6 Creative and Innovative habits of thinking and working Curiosity FLOW INQUIRY Problem Seeking Risk Taking Collab & Comm by embracing for the purpose of through by encouraging fueling Immersion Questions Wonder Play Passion Authentic purpose/audience Removing walls of school Organic dialogue Synthesis Arts and technology Entrepreneurial thinking Failure Perseverance Embracing ambiguity Perspective Critical thinking Flexibility Dissonance Increase motivation Increase engagement Increase happiness Increase reflection Increase ownership Increase inspiration Increase connectedness invites Guiding Questions: 1.What habits exist in an innovative classroom? 2.What role does inquiry play in nurturing creativity and innovation? 3.How does an inquiring mindset get us to “flow”? OUR LEARNING MAP

7 “If there's something you really want to believe, that's what you should question the most.” Penn Jillette

8 Some of my first wonderings… What are my passions? Do I even acknowledge them or intentionally practice them? Why is “play” so hard for me? Is it related to self-conciousness? What does it feel like to be deeply engaged in the creative process? Why do “creative” people generally seem more happy to me? Why was I uncontainably happy after our studio recording? Can you practice creativity? Get better at it? Are creativity and innovation the same thing? Different? Why? How? What are the habits of creative thinking? What environments spark creativity? Why do I often feel more creative in my social life than in my work life? How can I change that? How will we know if our mission/vision is moving us forward? What do or would our students say about our mission/vision?

9 What have been some of your first wonderings? 3.5.10 (modified)

10 3.5.10 (modified) 2 min. All participants independent write. Mine your thinking and dig up your questions. 4 min. Have a conversation with a partner at your table. 8 min. Share with your group. Combine questions and discover emerging themes.

11 How do I get all of my students to take creative risks? What about kids who always want to be right? How do I embrace creativity but still cover what I need to? How do I bring out more creativity in myself? When did I lose my fearlessness?

12 3.5.10 (modified) 3 min. All participants independent write. Mine your thinking and dig up your questions. 5 min. Have a conversation with a partner at your table. 10 min. Share with your group. Combine questions and discover emerging themes.

13 Connection Checkpoint Content Snapshots Content Storytelling Wonder Strategies Memory Making Thinking Prompts Model Curiosity

14 Content Snapshots…

15 Content Storytelling… Trees in my BackyardMe and Ben

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19 Memory Making…

20 Thinking Prompts…

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24 Modeling Curiosity…

25 Resources… K-23-5/R.A.

26 “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” -Abe Lincoln

27 Meet Colleen Flanigan…

28 My new questions… When do our roadblocks to creativity begin? How can I/we ignite positive action? Do teachers describe themselves as innovators? If we don’t… Why don’t we? If we have lost our creativity…how do we get it back? How can I help teachers take back their creativity? Can we be expected to bring out creativity and innovation in our students if our own creative selves are dormant? Could we re-train ourselves to think more creatively? Would we see our students naturally become creative as a result of teachers nuturing their own habits of creativity? How would we do that? Who could we learn from? Who could teach us to bring habits of innovation into the field of education?

29 What could we, as educators, learn about creativity and innovation from the DSM Arts community?

30 Who’s in the room? DSM ArtistWork Emma PetersonCEO, Tikly James BiehnMusician/Owner of Central Iowa Music Lab Don ShortOwner of West End Salvage Bonne FinkenSinger/Songwriter Mike DraperCEO, Raygun Bill HennsCEO, BiLT Guitars  Read the profile of your artist.  Try out the “party perspective” strategy with your table group.  Record on individual sheets.

31 Perspective Party

32 Connection Checkpoint Perspective Parties Be the… Value Lines Morning Meeting Written Conversations Write Arounds Insider/Outsider Views

33 “There are two questions that we have to ask ourselves. The first is ‘Where am I going?’ and the second is ‘Who will go with me?’” ~ Howard Thurman

34 Bradley Seidenfeld Former teacher Musician Comic Performer Photographer Storyteller CEO, Oceanwide Studios

35 A glimpse of Bradley’s work… http://vimeo.com/76822971

36 Emma Peterson 22-years old Entrepreneur CEO, Tikly Tikly was named one of the top five startups to watch by CNBC & has been featured as an exciting, new ticketing alternative by Pollstar, The Owl Mag, Music Connection Magazine and The Washington Post.

37 Emma Peterson

38 Joe McGuire Stay-at-home dad Musician Artist-Welder “I just don’t feel right unless I am making something.”

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41 Jerry Lorenson Singer/Songwriter (Towncrier) Musician-piano Poet/Writer B.A Social Psychology M.A. Sociology Teaching Assistant Currently working on PhD at Iowa State

42 Jerry Lorenson (DMU Project) “Because you’re the best you when you feel at home.”

43 Choose your Interview…

44 Connection Checkpoint Invite experts to the classroom Field Research Quotes from experts/mentors Create the venue Skype Blog/Email Social Media

45 “When Teachers Meet Artists…” alilocker.com @ali_locker #waukthetalk


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