Summit for Transformative Learning in St. Louis, Missouri ~ Workshop

| June 7, 2016 | 0 Comments 

MICDS Workshop Tools to Tell a Tale

A Workshop …at the 2nd annual Summit for Transformative Learning in St. Louis, Missouri hosted by Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School (MICDS). and we gave folk the chance to explore virtual worlds for real, then find out how to make their own resources that engage, motivate, inspire and differentiate, children of all ages and abilities.

We investigated the power of engaging children in the writing, speaking and listening, and inventing, processes – and how this can impact on so many areas of a child’s progress. In our workshops we shared links, ideas, and tools, for encouraging creativity within our students, whatever age, whatever ability.

We took folk on a magical tour of inspirational tools to inspire the uninspired learner.

We had a hands on, and hands off, time… exploring a range of digital delights, and the analog learning that flows through them. You had to be there… a group of sunshine~itself, contributive laughter, smiles, inventive, supportive, warmth~alive voyagers!

We shared our fantasy journeys with a group of intrepid explorers, and set off to distant lands, beyond even the huge range of places they joined us from. We stood still, and pondered, in beautiful, virtual territories, but also set off to discover those who lived beyond.

Thank you all for a joyous time, full of shared laughter and learning… and that to-be-considered C word.

What does “creativity” actually mean? Suggestions included ‘you think of solutions out of the ordinary’, ‘to do ordinary in a different way from the usual’, ‘knowing what to do when you don’t know what to do’.

The Wikipedia reference to Creativity, includes the folowing thoughts:

Creativity refers to the phenomenon whereby a person creates something new (a product, a solution, a work of art, a novel, a joke, etc.) that has some kind of value. What counts as “new” may be in reference to the individual creator, or to the society or domain within which the novelty occurs. What counts as “valuable” is similarly defined in a variety of ways.

Scholarly interest in creativity ranges widely: Topics to which it is relevant include the relationship between creativity and general intelligence; the mental and neurological processes associated with creative activity; the relationship between personality type and creative ability; the relationship between creativity and mental health; the potential for fostering creativity through education and training, especially as augmented by technology; and the application of an individual’s existing creative resources to improve the effectiveness of learning processes and of the teaching processes tailored to them.

The Creativity debate. Can you? Can’t you? Do you? Is there such a thing? What are its values?

Creativity is allowing oneself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
— The Dilbert Principle

Creativity belongs to the artist in each of us. To create means to relate. The root meaning of the word art is “to fit together” and we all do this every day. Not all of us are painters but we are all artists. Each time we fit things together we are creating -whether it is to make a loaf of bread, a child, a day.”
– Corita Kent

To create one’s own world in any of the arts takes courage.
– Georgia O’keeffe

Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction.
– Pablo Picasso

SO…. what does creativity mean to you?

Wherever, however, whoever, whenever you are… we would value a comment on this. Be… um… creative!

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