How can schools help students find their right questions? This question is at the root of passion-based or project-based learning – a key ingredient to the learning experience we give students at BCS. For a learning, any age, discovering the right questions to ask is a creative approach. When we teach answers instead of teaching questions through inquiry and discovery, we can stifle creativity for the learner whether we are facilitating the learning process for adults or children. Need proof? Take a look at the 2-minute video below highlighting Ernő Rubik and his Rubik’s cube. It is a brief, but powerful, video making me think of Sir Ken Robinson’s argument of How Schools Kill Creativity. Do schools kill creativity? Robinson shares his take on this question in the below video. His argument in the video is that we stifle creativity due to our often narrow view of intelligence. Intelligence is not just academic; it is much broader. The project based learning experiences we provide broaden this view of intelligence for us and the students we serve. There are multiple intelligences (see below image on ways to be smart).
What Robinson wants us to remember are the three critical components of intelligence:
- It is diverse (note above image). As he states, “We think about the world in all the ways that we experience it. We think visually, we think in sound, we think kinesthetically. We think in abstract terms, we think in movement.”
- It is dynamic. “Intelligence is wonderfully interactive.”
- It is distinct. Human beings have all different ways of discovering their own decidedly unique talents.
In then end, let us nurture the creativity in each of us and our students to allow for our diverse, dynamic and distinct intelligence come to light in the process of nurturing creativity through inquiry and discovery. Have a look and listen of the video to futher inspire our purpose and feel free to reference some of my previous blog posts related to the importance of creativity:
- Guess What Drives Creativity?
- Intelligence, Creativity and Wisdom
- Getting at Innovative Learning
- What Does Creativity Require?
We have a responsibility to AWE and, to quote Sir Ken Robinson: “My contention is that creativity now is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status.”