The headline of an article by from Business News Daily caught my attention recently. The article, Creativity and Connectivity In The Workplace by Kevin Kuske, got me thinking about the field of education and what we can do to foster more creativity and connectivity in our students. While I am confident that there are pockets of very creative things happening, I wonder sometimes if we are lacking in our collective ability to connect these creative undertakings in ways that would allow them to have a more significant impact on our students.
This deficiency is certainly not caused by disinterest on the part of educators, it is due to outdated structures and the lack of experience that educators have had with meaningful connectivity that we have their own learning. Let's face it, the daily experience for many/most teachers is still to plan the lesson independently, teach the lesson independently, and then to plan and administer assessments independently.
So the fact that "Co-creation is ascending as the new dominant model of innovation, creativity and differentiation" puts a major wrinkle into the previous perception of our role whether we are an administrator, a classroom teacher, or support staff. This next part is equally problematic for most of us in public schools:
"Creativity, innovation and a strong sense of culture all build off of connections and trust.'
|Reducing students and staff to a test score is problematic. Flickr photo via Lyn Hilt|
- Their personality comes through.
- They have the freedom to be themselves.
- There is passion for their craft.
- A sense of community makes them part of something bigger.
- They have meaningful fun.
- They have a choice on how and where they want to work.
- They take time to connect.
I'll take a stab at it in Part Three...