Teacher Tip


Do your ears hang low?  Do they wobble to and fro?

I know why. 


I recently attended a Creativity Colloquium. (colloquium:  a conference for scholarly people to present scholarly papers—I checked the dictionary.)


Back to your ears.  Can you tie them in a knot?  Can you tie them in a bow?  How about the tag on the back of your shirt?  Does it bug you?   I’ll bet you cut it off, don’t ya?  Are you sensitive to sound or light? 


Do you often fend off the procrastinating bug?  You see the end result of a project and now your motivation vanished?  Breathe a collective sigh because you may be creative—highly creative.  (Don’t let the procrastination bug sicken you.  DaVinci managed to create many masterpieces and left many undone.  We’re in awe of DaVinci for the projects he accomplished and call him brilliant.)

Dr. Bonnie Cramond, professor of educational psychology at the Torrance Center at University of Georgia, studied creators similar to DaVinci, Renoir, and Tesla.  Dr. Cramond addressed why creativity is important to teach in the 21st Century, citing the report from the National Center on Education. Skills needed in the 21st century in America are “creativity and innovation, facility with the use of ideas and abstractions, the self-discipline and organization needed to manage one’s work and drive it through to a successful conclusion, the ability to function well as a member of a team, and so on.”


In other words, our future depends on the creativity of our workers to be competitive.  The world needs to solve everyday problems.   Dr. Cramond believes we are “suppressing creativity.  If we want to retain some power in this world we’ve got to go back and define our strengths—creativity.   We are poised on the brink of a brand new millennium.”


How do teachers support creativity?  Cramond, a former middle school teacher, knows good teachers use creativity everyday.  As teachers, we can encourage and cherish to better understand inventive creativity needed for problem solving.  Could the drop out rate drop as our acceptance of creative individuals develops?  Hm-m-m.


So, listen up–with those wobbling to and fro ears– because Dr. Bonnie has something to say worthy of attention. I’m keeping my ear to the ground on this topic.  How about you?  iceburg_altterartfunblogspot

There’s more to learn.  http://www.coe.uga.edu/torrance/pdf_ppt/10.pdf

Bonnie Cramond, Ph.D., is a professor and the director of the Torrance Center for Creative Studies and Talent Development in the Department of Educational Psychology and Instructional Technology at the University of Georgia.  She is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association for Gifted Children, a former editor of the Journal of Secondary Gifted Education, and on the review board for several other journals.  An international and national speaker, she has published numerous articles, a book on creativity research, and teaches classes on giftedness and creativity.  She is particularly interested in the identification and nurturance of creativity, especially among students considered at risk because of their different way of thinking, such as those misdiagnosed with ADHD, emotional problems, or those who drop out.  She is a former school teacher and the parent of two. http://www.gifted.uconn.edu/jaa/BCramond.html







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