At the heart of the program is the interaction between students, teachers and creative practitioners and the fine balance between the curriculum, creative practices, the development of the Five Habits of Learning, General Capabilities and the activation of creative learning spaces within schools.
At the heart of the program is the interaction between students, teachers and creative practitioners and the fine balance between the curriculum, creative practices, the development of Five Habits of Learning, general capabilities and the activation of creative learning spaces within schools.
We know we need to prepare our bodies before we exercise, but did you know we also need to prepare our minds before learning and getting creative?
At Creative Schools we begin with a short warm up before each session. Warm ups are intended to develop the social, emotional, physical and intellectual engagement of students in their experience of learning, as well as assist in relaxation and stress reduction. They are a fun and inviting way for a class to connect with one another and expel excess energy in preparation for the activities that follow in the session.
Last year we worked with Teachers and Creative Practitioners to design and develop a series of these warm ups, which we have compiled to create a Healthway Toolkit. We've made our Healthway Toolkit available for you to download as a free resource to use in the classroom!
In 2020, Creative Schools partnered with global thought leader Professor Bill Lucas to deliver Professional Learning for school leaders participating in the program. Valuable discussions were had around inspiring learning in students and meaningful ways of embedding Critical and Creative Thinking across all subject areas of the curriculum on a whole school level.
This culminated in a publication that brings together learnings from attempts to embed creativity in schools across the world with insights from the experiences of schools in Western Australia.
The impact Creative Schools has had on the learning and lives of its participants can be seen in evidenced based outcomes of case studies of the program.
CREATIVE SCHOOLS ADVISOR
Professor Bill Lucas, Creative Schools Advisor Bill Lucas is Professor of Learning and Director of the Centre for Real-World Learning (CRL) at the University of Winchester in the UK. Bill is an acknowledged expert in teaching and assessing creativity in schools. The five-dimensional model of creativity he developed with colleagues at CRL is used in more than 20 countries across the world and in many states across Australia. Since 2014 Bill has advised the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority on the development of their critical and creative thinking capability, on its associated pedagogies and on online assessment tasks for critical and creative thinking. He has been working with FORM for a number of years. In 2015 Bill was appointed to the scientific advisory Board of the OECD’s research into fostering students’ creativity and critical thinking, now published. In 2017 Bill was appointed by the OECD as co-chair of the strategic advisory group for the 2021 PISA Creative Thinking Test. In 2018 he was invited to join the Durham Commission on Creativity in Education as an academic adviser and was subsequently co-author of its first report in 2019. In 2020 Bill was commissioned to undertake a review of national and state-wide frameworks for embedding creativity in schools for the European Joint Research Council.