Posted on: Tue, 11/27/2018 - 09:00

“The future belongs to a very different kind of person with a very different kind of mind--creators and empathizers, pattern recognizers and meaning makers. These people--artists, inventors, designers, storytellers, caregivers, consolers, big picture thinkers--will now reap society's richest rewards and share its greatest joys.” Daniel Pink

Whenever I read an article about preparing students for the 21st Century work force, there are three words consistently emphasized: Communication, Collaboration, and Creativity. As noted in the quote by Daniel Pink, students who are able to approach tasks with these three Cs in mind will be successful in their endeavors.

Most educators are very comfortable supporting students with the skills essential for communication and collaboration. However, teaching students to be creative is sometimes more challenging and perhaps more ambiguous. On a recent visit to Governor Thomas Johnson High School to visit the Academy for the Fine Arts, I saw the perfect example of teaching creativity when I attended a master class led by Scott Ambush, bassist for the jazz band Spyro Gyra and FHS alum!

Mr. Ambush was working with students on how to improvise for a solo. It seemed scary for the students to think about stepping away from the music on the page and allowing themselves to play freestyle.  Mr. Ambush offered some excellent tips for them to take that first bold step! It was a great example of teaching creativity.

I saw another great example of promoting creativity in an assignment that our Academy for the Fine Arts students completed as part of their Art of Being Human Showcase. The assignment mirrored the game of “Telephone” in that the first student was given a word to interpret through photography, and the next student interpreted the photograph through an original song, and… Click here to see how this assignment supported creativity, communication and collaboration. I am incredibly impressed with the students’ creative responses, and I think you will be too!

Have you seen other great examples of teaching creativity? Please share with me on Twitter @FCPSMDSuper. And if you enjoyed this post, please feel free to share it on Facebook or Twitter.