This workshop is based on the book Intention: Critical Creativity in the Classroom by Amy Burvall and Dan Ryder (EdTechTeamPress,2017). Critical Creativity is:
“students using creative expression to demonstrate deeper thinking and the nuances of understanding content”. When students make connections, transform knowledge, articulate the reason behind their creative choices, learning becomes more sticky, meaningful, and authentic. How might we choreograph an epiphany, remix an analysis, doodle a movement, costume a theme, hashtag a philosophy? Acts of making needn’t be limited in size or scope, method or medium, nor need they be mere exercises of imagination or engineering. Creation reveals comprehension. Our students’ increasingly diverse toolbox for expression, both analog and digital, emboldens the creative spirit into a force for authentic understanding, a vehicle for demonstrating proficiency. Come with an open mind and nagging curiosity; leave with a concrete plan and bevy of strategies for integrating innovative imagination into your daily classroom practice.
This workshop will offer participants an opportunity to practice various activities applicable to any classroom within the following themes:
Building to a Better Understanding: Creating with Stuff
Shape of the Content: Creating with the Body
Collisions and Collaborations: Creating with Others
Dare to Share: Creating with Social Media
We’ll examine how creativity thrives on context- time, trust, and tools – and how carefully crafted constraints or “recipes” can actually increase the potential for creative thinking.
Intention: Critical Creativity in the Classroom is a “living book” – each activity in the Creativity Catalog is assigned a unique hashtag so that educators can share and the authors can curate examples of how teachers around the globe are using and remixing the strategies.