What does it mean to be creative?

It seems entirely appropriate to wind up this year’s enormously successful blog tour with another contribution from a gifted child. Caila is one of Gifted Online’s youngest students, but she is already beginning to articulate her own ideas about creativity. Children’s experiences of creativity are hugely important for them, as they are enjoyable and contribute to a sense of personal efficacy. They are also very important for society, as children’s creativity is the precursor of adult creativity, and adult creativity solves problems which affect us all.

The introduction of National Standards has reduced the opportunities for creativity in many classrooms. This is not the case in every classroom. However, we should be concerned about those classrooms where assessment requirements are leading to a narrowing of educational focus in which convergent thinking dominates over opportunities to think and learn in creative ways. Please consider children’s opportunities to think creatively, and the many other important aspects of education raised in this year’s very successful #NZGAW Blog Tour, when you vote this year.

And now, over to Caila:

CailaCreativeHi everyone!

This is about my picture that explains ‘What does it mean to be creative?’

So this is a drawing of a girl thinking and lots of LEGO bricks whizzing around her. The LEGO is creating her idea.

If you like it you can flick me a comment, and I’ll see.

See you next time!

Blog Tour icon and link.Find other #NZGAW Blog Tour posts at ultranet.giftededucation.org.nz/WebSpace/1104/.

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About Mary St George

I teach in gifted education, both online and face-to-face.
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3 Responses to What does it mean to be creative?

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Means to be free, to express our feelings without limit, do not worry with perfection, but with the creation process. Calia knows all these meanings.

  2. Ness says:

    Caila, I love the expression you have captured so well in your drawing! It immediately drew me in to reading your blog. Thank you for sharing about what creativity means to you.

  3. Nikki says:

    Caila. I love the way you have so much expression in those eyes! I can see the thoughts flying. Well done!

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