Monday, March 02, 2015

Does assessment kill creativity?

When a child’s future depends on delivering "right answers" to someone else’s dry questions, any attempt at creativity can be fatal. Teachers too may feel that, while creativity is a nice idea, they cannot afford to risk their students’ results. But there are ways to cultivate students’ ‘creative-mindedness’, that build flexible, imaginative minds, and get better grades at the same time.
 Guy Claxton is one of the UK’s foremost thinkers on creativity, learning, and the brain. He is Director of the Centre for Real-World Learning at the University of Winchester, and the author and editor of over twenty books on learning and creativity, including  What's the Point of School?Building Learning Power and the most recent The Learning Powered School - Pioneering 21st Century Education. His research focuses on how to build more powerful learners: students who remain calm, confident, and curious as they face life's challenges and pursue their passions.
The following presentation was given at the 2014 World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), a platform for innovation in education that connects innovators, nurtures new ideas, and recognizes and supports successful initiatives that are helping revitalize education. Very interesting.
-- Watch "What's The Point of School?"
-- Watch "The idea of Building Learning Power"
-- Read Get your Kicks and Virtues of Uncertainty by Guy Claxton

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