Make Creativity The Core Of The Curriculum! Ignoring creativity is a crisis-in-waiting. But in today’s economy, the ability to think independently and innovatively is no longer a “nice extra”–it’s a survival skill. This book addresses the difficulties of integrating real creativity into the curriculum, and delivers surefire strategies for equipping learners across all grades and subjects with the motivation and critical thinking skills to thrive in a high-tech future. Content includes: • Why “one right answer” instruction paradigms discourage critical thinking and risk-taking • Why using the latest technology does not equate to teaching creatively • Projects and Prompts that ask “So what does this mean in the classroom today?” Don’t wait another day to begin teaching your students this valuable skill. With this book, you’ll turn your classroom into a hotbed of creativity populated by tomorrow’s innovators. “Classroom creativity is essential for lifelong success, and the author develops a compelling argument to teaching students how to do more than respond to standardized test questions. Appropriate for team discussions at every school level and even for parent groups, this book can be used to increase student performance and give students the skills they will use all their lives.” –Christopher Wells, Educational and Instructional Technology Consultant BrightScribe, Inc. “Johnson offers a succinct, incisive look at fostering creativity in the classroom. He nimbly weaves the value of inspiring creativity with the necessity of teaching craftsmanship (content knowledge, skills, and practice). With well-researched reasoning, practical examples, and insightful questions, Johnson engages readers in thoughtful reflection about educational purpose and methodology.” –Debbie Silver, Author of Deliberate Optimism: Reclaiming the Joy in Education
Chapter 8: Not Everything That Counts Can Be Measured Can—or Should—Teachers Assess Creativity?
Not Everything That Counts Can Be Measured Can—or Should—Teachers Assess Creativity?
Creativity is a 21st century currency, and the best way to make sure it happens is to give points for it. They’ll get with the program stat.
Based on interviews of over 5,000 adults in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and Japan, the study “Creativity and Education: Why It Matters” (Adobe Systems, 2012) contains some interesting tidbits:
78 percent of survey respondents believe creativity is important to their current career
88 percent believe creativity should be built into education curriculum
94 percent agreed with the statement “It is important for educators to encourage creative thinking in their students.”
[Page 88]But here are the scary findings:
80 percent of education majors (vs. 54 percent of ...