This was a tweet I saw from Dr Justin Tarte
He makes a great point. Walk into any Kindergarten classroom and you will see collaboration, creativity, cooperative learning, sharing of ideas, communication skills just to name a few. However to many thats fine in kindergarten because its ok to "play" and do all those things but once you get into elementary school and up thats when we need to focus on "real learning"
Who Says ?
Don't we want all of our students no matter what grade they are in to be creative and learn about collaboration etc.
Sir Ken Robinson on many occasion has said that "Schools Kill Creativity" ( see video below)
I would like to offer some possibilities as well:
- Teachers see creativity as extra and not part of the actual curriculum
- In a mode of standardized testing and teaching to the test creativity is hard to assess and often is not tested.
- Requires teachers to give up some control
- Requires risk taking
- It is harder to be creative and create creative assignments.
I would like to hear from you why we can be and are creative in Kindergarten and seem to loose that creativity once we enter Elementary school and beyond