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Creative illiteracy! How schoolsare making students ILLITERATE
CREATIVE illiteracy? How schools are making studentsIlliterateWe often talk about illiteracy with respect to students. Tea...
CREATIVE vs UNCREATIVE?
Teacher Education for Social and   Economic Development?
CREATIVE ILLITERACY. How schools   are making students illiterate.
CREATIVITY?•   The ability to create•   To make new•   To make something•   To imagine•   To bring to life•   To imagine a...
TO THINK AND DO THINGS     DIFFERENTLY
ILLITERACY/LOW LEVELS OF          LITERACY?• Inadequate reading or writing skills in  English• Inability to express import...
CREATIVE ILLITERACY?
• Inability to understand the importance of  creating new things• A commitment to maintaining the status  quo• Inability t...
A broader definition of literacy for                students•   Awareness•   Know how•   Understanding meaning•   Understa...
Or our most commonly used          definition?Inability to express ourselves in English
Our inability to think differently  as school teachers/school   administrators and policymakers is making our students    ...
JAMAICAN SCHOOLS?  What should an education do?
Examples of CREATIVE ILLITERACY •   Curriculum •   School Buildings •   Classrooms •   School procedures •   School events...
TELL US HOW CREATIVE YOU          ARE? RESPONSES FROM TEACHERS
Could Bloom be wrong?
Quote from KEN ROBINSON who  says school kills CREATIVITY• …kids will take a chance. If they dont  know, theyll have a go....
• …if youre not prepared to be wrong. And  by the time they get to be adults, most  kids have lost that capacity. They hav...
Is this what has happened to US?
How does CREATIVEILLITERACY make students        illiterate?
Limited notion of the world/reality/life                                           Limited stimulationRewards for followin...
How do we developCREATIVE ILLITERACY ?
Some ideas..•   We identify creativity with art•   We prefer professionalism•   We compare ourselves to other people/count...
a CLASS room?
• How many teachers’  conferences do we have  per year?• How many presentations  talk about  creativity/creative schools  ...
Is this presentation even creative?
LA.LEWIS(self-proclaimed conceptual artist)
Sobolious?• when you are above all; bigger than your  surroundings• I am so sobolious; soboliously speaking
What if L.A LEWIS was a teacher?That, with what, I wash | 2012Plastic bleach bottle and two laundryscrub-brushes containin...
Want more?• Reading: A whole new mind Daniel Pink• Viewing: Ken Robins-Schools kill  creativity.TED.com• www.methodsanddev...
Creative illiteracy! how schools are making students
Creative illiteracy! how schools are making students
Creative illiteracy! how schools are making students
Creative illiteracy! how schools are making students
Creative illiteracy! how schools are making students
Creative illiteracy! how schools are making students
Creative illiteracy! how schools are making students
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We often talk about illiteracy with respect to students. Teachers are evaluated constantly on their ability to make their students meet the mark. Meeting this mark is the measure of literacy. This paper identifies and discusses the relationship between teachers creativity and students literacy. It argues that creative illiteracy on the part of our teachers can lead to the big ILLITERACY that we fear for our students. It is based on observations and discussions with teachers and students in a number of schools over a period of 6 months.

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  1. 1. Creative illiteracy! How schoolsare making students ILLITERATE
  2. 2. CREATIVE illiteracy? How schools are making studentsIlliterateWe often talk about illiteracy with respect to students. Teachers areevaluated constantly on their ability to make their students meet the mark.Meeting this mark is the measure of literacy. This paper identifies anddiscusses the relationship between teachers’ creativity andstudents’ literacy. It argues that creative illiteracy on the part of ourteachers can lead to the big ILLITERACY that we fear for our students. Itis based on observations and discussions with teachers and students in anumber of schools over a period of 6 months.
  3. 3. CREATIVE vs UNCREATIVE?
  4. 4. Teacher Education for Social and Economic Development?
  5. 5. CREATIVE ILLITERACY. How schools are making students illiterate.
  6. 6. CREATIVITY?• The ability to create• To make new• To make something• To imagine• To bring to life• To imagine and bring to life something new and something of value
  7. 7. TO THINK AND DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY
  8. 8. ILLITERACY/LOW LEVELS OF LITERACY?• Inadequate reading or writing skills in English• Inability to express important ideas in English• Inability to read and comprehend at Grade level
  9. 9. CREATIVE ILLITERACY?
  10. 10. • Inability to understand the importance of creating new things• A commitment to maintaining the status quo• Inability to create new things of value• Inability to experiment with ideas• Inability to ask questions
  11. 11. A broader definition of literacy for students• Awareness• Know how• Understanding meaning• Understanding context• Explaining and expressing ideas• Understanding relationships• Living in and shaping the world with and through language
  12. 12. Or our most commonly used definition?Inability to express ourselves in English
  13. 13. Our inability to think differently as school teachers/school administrators and policymakers is making our students illiterate
  14. 14. JAMAICAN SCHOOLS? What should an education do?
  15. 15. Examples of CREATIVE ILLITERACY • Curriculum • School Buildings • Classrooms • School procedures • School events/activities • Books • Teaching methods • Relationship between teacher and learner • Language use
  16. 16. TELL US HOW CREATIVE YOU ARE? RESPONSES FROM TEACHERS
  17. 17. Could Bloom be wrong?
  18. 18. Quote from KEN ROBINSON who says school kills CREATIVITY• …kids will take a chance. If they dont know, theyll have a go...? Theyre not frightened of being wrong. (being wrong is not the same thing as being creative. What we do know is, if youre not prepared to be wrong, youll never come up with anything original --
  19. 19. • …if youre not prepared to be wrong. And by the time they get to be adults, most kids have lost that capacity. They have become frightened of being wrong…
  20. 20. Is this what has happened to US?
  21. 21. How does CREATIVEILLITERACY make students illiterate?
  22. 22. Limited notion of the world/reality/life Limited stimulationRewards for following and not leading Learning vs living
  23. 23. How do we developCREATIVE ILLITERACY ?
  24. 24. Some ideas..• We identify creativity with art• We prefer professionalism• We compare ourselves to other people/countries• We borrow/imitate in most things• We are always afraid of trying new things• We don’t read interesting things• We don’t dream/we don’t act our dreams• We leave it to young people
  25. 25. a CLASS room?
  26. 26. • How many teachers’ conferences do we have per year?• How many presentations talk about creativity/creative schools appear in any of these conferences? Creativity• How many courses at teachers’ colleges use the word creativity?• How many creative schools exist?
  27. 27. Is this presentation even creative?
  28. 28. LA.LEWIS(self-proclaimed conceptual artist)
  29. 29. Sobolious?• when you are above all; bigger than your surroundings• I am so sobolious; soboliously speaking
  30. 30. What if L.A LEWIS was a teacher?That, with what, I wash | 2012Plastic bleach bottle and two laundryscrub-brushes containing the artistshair. Signed by the artist in ink(Sharpie). ₤ 30,000; ₤ 35,000 (withSharpie)
  31. 31. Want more?• Reading: A whole new mind Daniel Pink• Viewing: Ken Robins-Schools kill creativity.TED.com• www.methodsanddevices.wordpress.com• www.twitter.com/methodsndevices
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