“Creativity is a great motivator because it makes people interested in what they are doing. Creativity gives hope that there can be a worthwhile idea. Creativity gives the possibility of some sort of achievement to everyone. Creativity makes life more fun and more interesting.” Edward de Bono
Recently I have been privileged to hear an amazing keynote speaker, Nirvan Mullick about adding creativity and imagination to the schools as it builds imagine, inspiration and the love of learning which then correlates to academic achievement. Mullick is the owner of the imagination foundation but more famously known for where it all started with Caine’s arcade. This is the video Nirvan created:
Below are ways to add creativity and imagination in classroom:
1. Genius Hour allows students to work on something they are passionate about.
2. Makerspaces is a community-driven workspace, where people with common interests, meet and collaborate on ‘Do it Yourself’ (DYI) projects. In schools it would be school-driven. Read more about Makerspaces from my previous blog post: Makerspace in Education. To get started with a makerspace you can use recyclables, crayons, paper, pipe cleaners. It is also great to have technology such as Little Bits, Sparkfun and MaKey MaKeys.
3. Challenges are a great way to see students add creativity. I loved the days we had challenges in my classroom such as build a boat to hold the most paper slips without sinking, the challenge you only have two pieces of paper and some masking tape. Here are some other challenges that you can add to your classroom activities to build creativity.
4. Books to read aloud or do activities with:
- Ish by Peter Reynolds
- Dot by Peter Reynolds
- Beautiful Opps by Barney Saltzbar
- The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
- What do you do with an Idea? by Kobi Yamanda
- Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
Another great resource full of practical ideas to do in the classroom that take little to no money or prep time are in the book: Sparking Student Creativity: Practical Ways to Promote Innovative Thinking and Problem Solving
These are other wonderful books on creativity and imagination for educators:
Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon
What are other ways we can foster creativity so it becomes not just a moment but a movement in the schools? I would love to hear your feedback, ideas and book suggestions!