The Greatest Enemy of Creativity in Schools Isn’t Testing. It’s Time.

Katie White, author and former art teacher, believes that creativity can be measured and nurtured. In her recent book: “Unlocked: Assessment as the Key to Everyday Creativity in the Classroom” she explains how creativity can be measured in students. This is an important part of education. It can be observed in how students approach any subjects and solve the problems. Creative assessment can be divided into four stages- exploration, elaboration, expression, and reflection and response. Some steps are covered in the classroom, but there usually isn’t enough time for the reflection and response step. And that final step is useful to gauge how a student is learning and progressing. Creativity and curriculum can co-exist in schools. It doesn’t have to be an either/or choice.

Key Takeaways:

  • Although we know it when we are creative and when a work is, but creativity is one of those skills that are hard to pin down.
  • Schools are not known for being good at assessing creative works and keeping students inspired to carry out creative works.
  • Katie White, who is an author and educator, thinks that schools might be helped to assess creativity because creativity has a visible side that can be nurtured.

“A former art teacher, White is now an education consultant who criss-crosses the continent giving workshops, coaching teachers in her local Saskatchewan district and writing books.”

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