Schools Kill Creativity

I’m sure that everyone has seen this hilarious talk by Ken Robinson about how schools are killing the creative spirit that kids are born with. I wanted to post this as a reminder that not only do we need to be promoting creativity in our students, but also in our teachers.

Creativity promotes healthy risk taking through confidence and flexible thought. We do a great job of promoting convergent thinking. But if we were to add divergent thinking to lessons and staff developments we could see huge jumps in active learning.

We can set this example by valuing creativity and risk taking in our teachers and within ourselves as administrators. Here’s a link to 30 Ideas to Promote Creativity in Learning. It’s written or the classroom, but can easily be applied to a bigger school wide setting.

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