In a recent article on TES, Times Educational Supplement, it is suggested that now it is time to give all children the chance to develop their creativity. School should be determined as well as creative in their ways to help students develop creative habits.
Creativity was defined twenty years ago in the report All Our Futures: Creativity, culture & education as: “Imaginative activity fashioned so as to produce outcomes that are both original and of value.” It was emphasised that creativity was relevant in every subject, yet, there was not much practical advice on how teacher might ensure that every child can develop creative habits. But perhaps things are changing . . .
The Pisa 2021 test of creative thinking has attracted a lot of attention. Educators are always keen on assessing skill. A five-dimensional model for creativity in schools was developed by OECD, and it is used across the world.
Bill Lucas suggest 10 key aspects that are vital for the ecology of creative schools, for example, learning is almost always framed by engaging questions which have no one right answer, there is the opportunity for play and experimentation, and students are actively engaged, as co-designers.
Biomimicry boots students’ observation skills, creativity, and critical thinking. An opportunity to breathe in nature, be inspired, solve problems, dream, build! Assessing ideas that have been created using a biomimic lens should also be possible by using a sustainability framework. I feel excited! The world desperately needs new sustainable ideas and just like David Attenborough is excited about the youths of the world, so am I!
And at last, the Kindle version of the book Biomimicry with Theo & Tuva: Nature spotting inspires new ideas is now available. Enjoy!