This article from UK's The Guardian makes the argument that creativity can and should be encouraged in schools, but that this fostering of innovation isn't happening as it should be. It's a sobering but helpful start to reflecting on our own level of creativity and that of our students.
If you're ready to start a conversation about creativity in your teacher in-service, this article would be the perfect lead-in. It explains how children seem to lose their willingness to identify with creativity as they get older. The provocative discussion question could be, simply, "Why?"
In this TED talk by Ken Robinson, he argues that we need to nurture creativity in schools rather than undermining it. His ideas for a radical rethink of the entire educational system are thought-provoking and a great conversation starter.
What does creativity have to do with learning, and how does it actually look in the classroom? On this page, the answers are broken down into bullet points, followed by a wealth of linked information with relevant resources about creativity in education.
Sneak peek, the fourth "C" is creativity. This document is extensive but accessible, and if you scroll down to page 24 you will find a wealth of information regarding the need for creativity for the 21st century, and resources to help you foster it in your students.
When it comes to encouraging creativity, not every strategy is good. This article provides a myth-busting list of commonly held misconceptions regarding fostering a creative spirit in followers. See if you are making these mistakes in your classroom.
According to the research presented in this Psychology Today article, "Creativity is nurtured by freedom and stifled by the continuous monitoring, evaluation, adult-direction, and pressure to conform that restrict children’s lives today." A sobering article, but important for those of us tasked with turning the tide toward creativity.