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Change Won’t Wait: Will Students Have the Creativity to Keep Up?

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Change Won’t Wait: Will Students Have the Creativity to Keep Up?

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Change Won’t Wait: Will Students Have the Creativity to Keep Up?

  1. 1. Purpose: To determine if Canadian students will have developed the thinking skills necessary to lead and succeed in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, where it has been determined that creativity will be one of the top three skills necessary for success, by analyzing the current thinking preference styles of students under the age of 20 in the OneSmartWorld 4-Dimensions Inventory Database as well as assessing the current thinking preference styles of the Grade 7 and 8 students at Mountain View Elementary School, with a specific focus on the Creativity dimension and the six creative thinking strategies measured in the scientifically validated instrument. Hypothesis: After researching the Creativity dimension, which consists of six creative thinking strategies, I believe that the database and test results will demonstrate that Creativity is not the preferred thinking style of Canadian students today, and that those skills will need to be further developed with daily practice at school, to ensure that students today are prepared for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Materials and Equipment: • Individual license to complete the OneSmartWorld 4D-i (4 Dimensions Inventory) to learn about my 4 Dimensions of High Performance Thinking, assigned by OneSmartWorld • Personal 4D-i Printed Profile (35 pages) to better understand my Personal Operating Style • Article: The 10 Skills You Need to Thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, World Economic Forum • New Pedagogies for Deep Learning Purpose Statement & Deep Learning Competencies Report • 4D-i Database export - Canadian students under 20 (anonymous) from various school boards and colleges broken down into their preferred thinking styles in an excel spreadsheet • Student Team Power Profile bar graphs of Canadian students under 20 for comparison • Micro 4D-i questionnaire (questions taken from a scientifically validated instrument) created by OneSmartWorld to measure thinking preferences of Mountain View students • “Do Schools Kill Creativity?”: Ted Talk by Sir Ken Robinson • Neuroplasticity: The 10 Fundamentals of Rewiring Your Brain by Debbie Hampton • “Do ink” app, green screen and iphone to create my YouTube BRYNNE Talk focusing on applications based on the results of my experiment • QR Code generator to develop a code for my project board The Changing Landscape of Required Skills for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0) Experimental Procedure: 1. Read The 10 Skills you need to thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution 2. Watch the Ted Talk “Do Schools Kill Creativity?” by Sir Ken Robinson 3. Read Neuroplasticity: The 10 Fundamentals of Rewiring Your Brain to better understand brain function and adaptability 4. Complete the OneSmartWorld 4D-i (4 Dimensions Inventory) to find out my preferred thinking style and strategies that I like to use to solve problems and think things through 5. Obtain permission to access anonymous data of Canadian students under 20, exported into an excel spreadsheet 6. Analyze the database information to determine the preferred thinking styles and strategies of Canadian students under 20 from different school boards and colleges across the country 7. Create Student Team Power Profile graphs using the database information 8. Compare the preferred thinking styles of Canadian students under 20 with the top 3 skills identified by the World Economic Forum with a specific focus on creativity 9. Administer the “Micro 4D-i” in paper version to Grade 7 and 8 students at Mountain View Elementary School to create a snapshot of their preferred thinking styles 10. Calculate the results of the Mountain View experiment and create a Student Team Power Profile bar graph displaying the preferred thinking dimension of grade 7 and 8 students at our school 11. Compare Mountain View Students to the rest of the Canadian population 12. Determine how Canadian students can increase their creative thinking strategies if results display an area of lower preference The 4 Dimensions of High Performance Thinking Measured by the OneSmartWorld 4D-i Top 10 Skills Needed in 2015 Top 10 Skills Needed in 2020 1. Complex Problem Solving 1. Complex Problem Solving 2. Coordinating with Others 2. Critical Thinking 3. People Management 3. Creativity 4. Critical Thinking 4. People Management 5. Negotiation 5. Coordinating with Others 6. Quality Control 6. Emotional Intelligence 7. Service Orientation 7. Judgement and Decision Making 8. Judgement and Decision Making 8. Service Orientation 9. Active Listening 9. Negotiation 10. Creativity 10. Cognitive Flexibility
  2. 2. Observations: Applications: Please use your QR code scanner on your smart phone to access my BRYNNE talk, where I will further discuss the applications of experiment. If you don’t have a QR code scanner, you can download one for free from the app store. Enjoy! • The student team power profile test group for Mountain View Elementary consisted of 38 students in grades 7 and 8 • All other student team power profile test groups included students under the age of 20 • Each team power profile group includes 200 - 2500 students • The Simcoe County District School Board sample consisted of more than 2500 student profiles from Collingwood, Barrie, Bradford, Orillia and Alliston • All student team power profile groups are from school districts located in Canada
 • The Creative Thinking dimension in all student team power profiles across Canada, is consistently the least preferred dimension to use when dealing with problems, opportunities or change • Canadian students in the database all selected either the Understanding (Scan, Structure, Clarify, Tune-in, Empathize, Express) or Decision Making (Crux, Conclude, Validate, Experience, Values Driven, Trust your Heart) dimension as a first response in dealing with problems, opportunities or change
 • Mountain View students in Grade 7 and 8 completed a paper-based, micro-version of the OneSmartWorld 4 Dimensions Inventory which did not include the Personal Spirit dimension (including Outlook, Sense of Control and Initiative strategies) • Mountain View students preferred the Decision Making and Understanding dimensions over the Creativity dimension along with the rest of the Canadian students profiled Conclusion: My hypothesis that creativity is not the preferred thinking style of Canadian students was correct. Mountain View students as well as all other Canadian students from Simcoe County, York Region, Surrey District, Comox Valley, Centennial College and Assiniboine all selected the Decision Making and Understanding dimensions as their preferred style of thinking. New Pedagogies for Deep Learning, a global partnership with 1000 schools in 10 countries (including Simcoe County District School Board) is working to build knowledge and practices that develop deep learning and foster whole system change. The Deep Learning Competencies, better known as the 6 C’s, are the skills sets each and every student will need to lead and succeed in our complex world. CREATIVITY has been identified as one of these competencies, along with Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Citizenship, Character and Communication. My experiment demonstrated that the current pedagogies need to continue to evolve to prepare us with the thinking skills we’ll need in the future. Teachers and Principals are not trying to kill our creativity, but if the systems in place don’t allow for creative and innovative thinking on a daily basis, then children and learning are the losers. In the Fourth Industrial Revolution students will need to access their creative thinking to deal with the accelerated pace of change and innovation. Neuroplasticity studies indicate that the brain is capable of learning and building new skills. It is imperative that students are given the opportunity to be creative and innovative daily in order to prepare us for the future. We need to practice our creative thinking strategies so that we have the intellectual capacity to lead and succeed. Based on the results of my experiment, creative thinking is clearly not our comfort zone. Disciplined, repeated practices and skill builders to develop these strategies are necessary to prepare us for the future. Simcoe County District School Board York Region District School Board Surrey District School Board - BC Comox Valley School Board - BC Prairie Valley District School Board - SK Centennial College Entry Level Under 20 Assiniboine College Entry Level Under 20 Creativity Understanding Decision Making Mountain View Elementary Grade 7-8 PREFERRED THINKING DIMENSIONS OF CANADIAN STUDENTS What I’ve Learned: Brynne’s Creative Recommendations • Canadian Principals and teachers are doing a great job! It isn’t easy to prepare us for the future when we don’t know what the future looks like! Let’s figure it out together. • If the structures in place are getting in the way of developing our Creative Thinking, let’s think about how to remove them! • Let’s work together to design creative, engaging learning environments. Students can help! • Maybe the current timetable, bells, classroom designs, core subjects need to change a bit to encourage Creative thinking! • We are all born with a set of Creative Thinking strategies that we can practice and improve. Let’s integrate these strategies into our daily work to increase our Creativity 
 (see my Creativity Skill Builders for some cool ideas)! • Let’s embrace the future. Change is exciting!

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