What is Creativity? by the article, Sir Ken Robinson
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Reference: Creativity Is In Everything, Especially Teaching! by Sir Ken Robinson
From Creative Schools by Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica, published April 21, 2015, by Viking, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. Copyright by Ken Robinson, 2015.
- Creativity draws from many powers that we all have by virtue of being human.
Creativity is possible in all areas of human life, in science, the arts, mathematics, technology, cuisine, teaching, politics, business, you name it. And like many human capacities, our creative powers can be cultivated and refined. Doing that involves an increasing mastery of skills, knowledge, and ideas.
Note; In other words, creativity does not mean one specific field or area of knowledge, but is a general but basic and essential thing that can be applied to all fields.
- Creativity is about fresh thinking.
Creativity also involves making critical judgments about whether what you’re working on is any good, be it a theorem, a design, or a poem. Creative work often passes through typical phases. It’s a dynamic process that often involves making new connections, crossing disciplines, and using metaphors and analogies. Being creative is not just about having off-the-wall ideas and letting your imagination run free. It may involve all of that, but it also involves refining, testing, and focusing what you’re doing.
Note; Being creative is a completely abstract concept without a form, but it is not something that can be finished by saying "Spread the wings of your imagination!". It is done through a whole series of tasks in your field: researching, drawing tables, creating images, analyzing them, and performing them.
-Creativity is not the opposite of discipline and control.
On the contrary, creativity in any field may involve deep factual knowledge and high levels of practical skill. Cultivating creativity is one of the most interesting challenges for any teacher. It involves understanding the real dynamics of creative work.
Note; Creativity is achieved based on factual knowledge and practical skills. In other words, you can't just imagine it in your head.
-Creativity is not a linear process, in which you have to learn all the necessary skills before you get started.
Focusing on skills in isolation can kill interest in any discipline. Many people have been put off by mathematics for life by endless rote tasks that did nothing to inspire them with the beauty of numbers. Many have spent years grudgingly practicing scales for music examinations only to abandon the instrument altogether once they’ve made the grade.
The real driver of creativity is an appetite for discovery and a passion for the work itself. When students are motivated to learn, they naturally acquire the skills they need to get the work done.
Their mastery of them grows as their creative ambitions expand. You’ll find evidence of this process in great teaching in every discipline from football to chemistry.
Note; For example, if you teach technical and functional concepts, the students quickly become bored when teaching students. Learning these skills and knowledge is more important to awaken passion and motivation to create something. When a goal that accompanies desire and motivation is clear, students will be self-motivated to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge. In other words, if the purpose of education is to inspire such interest and help them to explore on their own with passion, it will be an education that fosters true creativity.
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