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- 20 Ways To Provide Effective Feedback For Learning June 19, 2013 TeachThought Staff
I was inspired by Phil Hanson’s simple message of how his artistic journey changed his view on being creative. Developing physical limitations through a shake his motto of “seizing the limitations”, has allowed him creative success! A truley inspiring story!
How we meet our social needs through technology is a very interesting thing. I believe that the depth of connection can be transfered through social media. As a tool for engagement it brings learning to the “dance floor” so to speak. Allowing kids to engage in their thinking with something that excites them, which is what learning should really be all about. It is our role as facilitators-educators to connect the learning to the broader applications of live and integration. Much like the conclept of INQUIRY which works within the educational setting of classroom or school this form of engaged learning helps us deepen connections to real world concepts.
Still another way, QR CODES IN CLASSROOMS are allowing us to connect, engage and apply learning to what the real world has in store for us in the future. In the end, it is important to remember the way you ask questions is key to the way you engage learners in learning. If it has no meaning or connection to what is relavent for them in their world of social and techological connectedness, then we are slowing disengaging students who are technologically connected more and more everyday.
Ask yourself, how can I use technology in teaching to help students understand that the concepts in school are relevent, valid and applicable to learning ?
Last week I had the opportunity to visit the local highschool and interview some students and their graduating class. Lucky for me I had the chance to speak to some students that I had worked with in elementary school. It was an honour to see how these you people had developed over the last 5-7 years ( students from three different elementary schools I worked at) and to see them as well-polished young adults was truley and intrisically motiviating thing.
They were going to graduate , go off to university, U.B.C. and Thompson Okanagan University. Sports scholarships and Law Degree’s were the mindset of the students. Yet another student, was dumbfounded that I was there, wanting to reminice about grade 7 camp and the fun that she had there, kayaking, hiking and playing capture the flags. She was preparing to go to B.C.I.T. for film and broadcast, preparing to see the world through the eyes of a journalist.
I must admit I had goosebumps when I saw them. Each one with a uniquely different story, connected to school and connected to me! Wow, these kids, I mean young adults are amazing. I know as time goes on , we are in good hands as our youth develop skills and resolve to keep thing going, no matter what they are.
I can’t wait to go back next year to see some other students, the passion and vision they bring to the chances of future success through hard work.
Today’s menu, Mud Soup. Two little children were hunched over a little empty well on the playground. I watched them scurry back and forth to the weeds at the side of the fence, then to a puddle nearby. All the while, the conversation went on about what they should add next. Finally, one of them springs up and says “I KNOW”! ROCKS, they can be our potatoes. I slowly wandered over and asked them what they were doing. They told me they were making “mud soup”. I asked them how it was going, the reply “GREAT”! A swirl of the muddy water, and you could see the dandelions, rocks and leaves all swirl around in the little pot that they were playing in.
Would you like some Mr. B.. “absolutely,” I replied. They shared their soup with me and we had a good laugh and smile at our play. I wanted to share this with you because I see the wonder of creativity and play in all children and believe that we need to work hard to keep that spark alive in the way we teach and the way children learn. Creativitiy is something that we can all foster by challenging the status quo of the way we do things.
Remember red flower don’t need to be red, they can be purple! But mud soup has to be muddy!
When we talk about creativity we also need to discuss the concept of inovation and how they not only are required of one another, but also that they serve different purposes. Innovation has its foundations in creativity, but is the step beyond that thinking, to implementation. Innovation is the collaboration and synthesis of ideas and creativity that allows sustainable change to happen. For many systems, innovation is the Key to long term growth and change for improvement. Educationally, the system of education needs to learn from the business world in such a way that, we can make meaningful change through innovation that will improve the “Teaching & Learning” for everyone in our system to improve. Below, David Weiss, author of “Innovative Intelligence:
The Art and Practice of Leading Sustainable Innovation in Your Organization.” Shares with us the conditions required to move creativity and innovation along in a systemic way that improves productivity and growth.
Charles Leadbeater has done some work on innovation and learning in the 21st Century. He has in his work highlighted some of the work done by Ideo and other forward thinking Creativity experts. His insight into innovation in soccer with “total football” from a club perspective at Barcelona and how this club has innovatively made strides to change the way the game of soccer is played, developing from within rather than from abroad. He also looks at education, not only the Finland Phenomenon, but Slum Schools around the world
Charles Leadbeater weaves a tight argument that innovation isn’t just for professionals anymore. Passionate amateurs, using new tools, are creating products and paradigms that companies can’t. A researcher at the London think tank Demos, Charles Leadbeater was early to notice the rise of “amateur innovation” — great ideas from outside the traditional walls, from people who suddenly have the tools to collaborate, innovate and make their expertise known.
Understanding what the differences and similarities betwee innovationa and creativity allows for informal thinking and brainstorming session to have some structures in place, to move conversations and learning to places that we may not have reached previously. My challenge is to get myself into those thinking spaces of creativity and innovation as often as possible over the next few months.
A few recent conversations with Sir Ken Robinson had also invigorated me and my thinking on the importance of creativity in education and that the business of creativity needs to be a greater focus moving forward in the way we teach and learn in the future. Our system of education (learning) is at a crucible of change and grasping for a new way of thinking will be important for everyone, not just kids, but adults who need to keep pace wth the change of our society through technological advancements, socia media and MOOC ( Massive Open Online Courses ) AND creativity and innovation play huge roles in this future.
A Conversation with Sir Ken Robinson: What is your hope for creativity in education?
A Conversation with Sir Ken Robinson: Picasso and the Plumber – Where is the True creative?
A Conversation with Sir Ken Robinson: How is Technology Transforming Education?
A Conversation with Sir Ken Robinson: Why is Creativity Important in Education?
A Conversation with Sir Ken Robinson: How do you define creativity?
Ultimately, we need to change the business of learning with a change in practice through concepts of learning about creativity, technolgy and innovation; trends of improving learning. If we do not, we are doing our youth and society a disservice of replenishing the workforce with capable employees and employers for the future. Being able to understand the differences between creativity and Innovation and using the learning through collaboration will allow all of us to better prepare our society and educational systems to adapt to 21st century needs. That`s something you can tweet, be linkedin about or youtube, moodle and vimo share!
I’m revisiting an older idea that I have been thinking of writing about, but felt uncertain about discussing it, the topic is creativity. However, at this time I feel it’s time to discuss and share. At the root of creativity is convept of IDEA , “IDEAS” and how we foster the ability for people to think about stuff. Intellectual play is a term often used as a way of thinking.
A recent “60 Minutes” episode highlighted two leaders in this area that I feel we can draw on. They are Tim Brown and David Kelley CEO and founder of Ideo a worldwide business that draws on collaboration of knowledge to create and implement ideas. David Kelley founder of this company lends a critical perspective to how we can use current data and technology to improve on the immplemenation of innovation, simple ideas making a difference in the lives of people today.
While we look at ways to improve creativity we need to understand that there is a business behind growing creativity. Not only is it the business of our workforce (education), but it is also the business of our changing society; creative thinking for sustainable innovation in our world!
It is important for us to foster creativity through collaboration, in that we can grow ideas. The way people think and play, plus exploration are two behaviours that we must continue to highlight to enhance for learning through creativity to prosper. Tim Brown, CEO of Ideo, a creativity company shares simple ideas on how to create conditions for creativity and the business of collaboration with creativity.
I really believe that we need to look at the business world for applicable ways to integrate the concepts of creativity and business of ideas into our system. For we are the vehicle by which students enter the draft lottery of our society and the jobs force.
Creating the conditions for successful integration means looking at the criteria required to facilitate the opportunity for creativity and be aware of recreating them, whenever and where ever possible. This is much like our current focus of metacongition.
There are conditions for creativity and creating the perfect storm for this kind of thinking is ever more important in the work we do daily!
When I think of the term connected, I hear the words network, association, system, and grid. We are all connected in some way, some more than others. I believe that we really need to be connected! Connections gives us a sense of belonging, attachment –connectedness. The funny thing is that through technology we have gained another level of connection, social media gives us instant updates, ideas and helps us make some kind of an informed decision.
Being “digitally connected“ has made us able to broaden exponentially, in the sense that it requires less time to get to hear from networks abroad. If you are `connected` with the right circles of information sharers, you can act quickly and often correctly.
Connected, for me is still only a minor part of the really important piece of the work we do in education and that is; relationship, or connectedness What I see is the depth of the relationship or connectedness as what people really crave. Digitally there are many ways to connect, but we really want the deeper connectedness of belonging to a group, an idea, a person that has the same beliefs and values that I have. That sense of connectedness is the Zone of Proximal Development that gives one the ability to push people out of their comfort level to the point of connectedness because they trust you with that personal relationship, be it on-line or face to face. Let`s not lose sight of the reasons behind being connected and that is ……. Building a relationship with passions, meaningful personalized connections to benefit the lifelong journey we want our students and colleagues to engage in so they can be successful.
Connectedness is the depth of the relationship that will help us improve learning and the way we do business – through teaching and learning!
Actions often speak louder than words and here is a case of a teacher taking on the task of improving his practice in the quest of improving student learning.
Along with the current educational focus of our well know 3 R’s of : Reading, Writing & Arithmatic. We are becoming more aware of the New R’s of Relationship, Resiliance and Reflection. This video lends some insight into how they help us in our learning.