Each day, the Face of Creativity is featured (along with the CREATIVE THINKING SKILL for that person) on the walls of the hallway. This creates an ongoing timeline of creativity throughout the building.
We believe creativity can be taught --it is a way of thinking, an attitude, that reveals possibilities. Faces of Creativity introduces a wide variety of creative individuals to students along with a "creativity truth" illustrated by that person; each day students meet a new person. YEAR 1 introduces students to those we know as being "famous," while YEAR 2 focuses more on the so-called "everyday" creative individuals. Our school focuses heavily on creativity, infusing it into all –what we do, how we do it, and why we do what we do. While it is true that some students have a natural creative gift, with instruction and practice, creativity can be learned just like reading! Most children enter first grade as non-readers; however, there are those few Kindergarten children who are fluent readers, even reading with expression and changing their voice for each character. With the efforts of daily teaching and helping parents, all children learn to read. Reading skills are introduced and practiced in one form or another throughout all a student’s years in school.
Imagine the possibilities of like immersion in creativity. All students would be involved in daily instruction in creativity, developing that ability within themselves. Those who naturally have that talent would exercise it to heights impossible to measure. I taught piano lessons for several years and discovered quickly that even students lacking natural musical ability learned to play through daily practice and ongoing instruction.
The teaching of creativity is vital for today’s world. The problems we face require creative responses. It is preposterous to believe that somehow that will occur without instruction and the exercising of creative thought and application. Would you rather have a lawyer, or a creative lawyer working on a case? Would you rather have a regular physician, or a creative physician if you were diagnosed with a terminal disease? Would you rather your child have a teacher, or a creative teacher? Creativity increases the productivity of the individual and increases the efficiency and effectiveness of problem solving. It must be taught and taught in a deliberate manner, honoring its value to today’s student and our world.
Weiner Elementary School, 313 N. Garfield St., Weiner, AR 72479 870-684-2252(o) 870-684-2684(f)