So this morning I woke up early AGAIN (how proud are we?!) because I had to take the Mister’s car in for some tire maintenance (that’s what the light said so I’ll go with that…). On my way home, I was listening to NPR (I love NPR!) and they had a story about Sir Ken Robinson and a TED Talk he did a few years ago. It is the most viewed TED Talk EVER! (TED Talks are awesome! If you’ve never listened to any of the talks, you must! They’re very inspiring!). This particular talk was about creativity and our education system. BAM! I love art and creativity and I despise how these two areas are shunned in our current system. After listening to the story (he’s a funny man) and listening to the TED Talk, I was inspired to write this post!
Here is the link to the NPR Story!
Here is the TED Talk! It’s about 20 minutes long but worth listening to.
After listening to Ken’s talk, I reflected on my own classroom. I was pleased to realize that we do art projects almost every single day. Our classroom and our hallway are covered with the artwork of my students. In fact, we have to have our art displayed in the library and other hallways because there is so much of it. Now, Mr. Greg, how in the world do you squeeze in art when you have to meet the Common Core in math and reading?! Get ready…I’m going to share a Kindergarten Smorgasboard secret with you….get your fun pens, your fancy planners, your notebooks and iPads ready…here it comes….
I use the art to meet the Common Core. If I can’t make the art meet the Common Core I add a writing component to the art and BAM! It’s academic.
Art and creativity should not be another thing to work in. Use it to your advantage. Include with the story on rainbows. Make it a comprehension activity. Turn the story into a writing prompt and students can create a picture to accompany their writing. Instead of an addition worksheet, have students make a picture to go with word problems.
I am always so proud of the data for my class at the end of the year. My students consistently score proficient/benchmark/above average or however you classify it. People always ask how they do it and I think I’ve found the answer. I allow them to be creative in the classroom. That creativity allows them to think differently. It allows them to process better. And it makes them better students.
Here is one of my favorite quotes from this talk:
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