I began reading the book, Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative, by Sir Ken Robinson recently. Early in chapter one, I came across these comments:
New forms of work rely increasingly on high levels of specialist knowledge, and on creative and innovation. The new technologies in particular require wholly different capacities from those required by the industrial economy.
Given the speed of change, governments and businesses throughout the world recognize that education and training are the keys to future, and they emphasize the vital need to develop powers of creativity and innovation.
What do these comments say about our current public education system? Does the current system encourage creativity and innovation or memorization and standardization?
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Friday, April 19, 2013
Last night was our annual STEMS showcase night. What an inspiring event! I enjoyed seeing the excitement on the faces of all of the kindergarten through fifth grade boys and girls as they showcased some of their favorite projects and presentations last night. I watched many of the boys and girls enjoying each others work as well. This year it was more evident to me that the projects were designed and created by the students themselves. While there was much collaboration, coaching, and facilitating going on during the process, the students were the ones who did the work. I also heard stories of students whose work went through multiple drafts and revisions. This is extremely important as we encourage students to do excellent work. I was also excited to see several traditional style classrooms join in on the fun.