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Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Never before has this statement been more true or relevant. As Keeling articulated in Learning Reconsidered, “Knowledge is no longer a scarce or stable commodity.” Educators are working to make the shift from a model in which they possess the information and transfer it to others to one where students must use what they learn to make new discoveries and innovations. As Walter Fisher wrote, “We are using technologies that haven’t been invented yet to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.” All of this will require a new skill in today’s educators: the ability to teach students to develop creativity in themselves. Perhaps this is why Bloom’s Taxonomy of higher order thinking skills was recently revised to place creativity at the apex of the triangle.
In a way, creativity doesn’t need to be learned. Children have an instinct to be creative. They don’t need to be told how to have an imaginary friend, color a picture, or write a story. As we progress in our education, we are encouraged to develop our memory, comprehension, and other structured thinking and while this is valuable, we neglect our creative selves. Perhaps this is what prompted Neil Postman to write, “Children enter school as question marks and leave as periods.”
This fun and interactive presentation will provide participants with the opportunity to learn and apply new skills in cultivating their own creativity. Participants will learn to see creative opportunities in a new way and encourage their students to think creatively. For those who see themselves as non-creative, they will learn concrete methods for coming up with creative ideas and unlearn many of the mental habits that most inhibit creativity. For those who are more creative, they will learn techniques for harnessing their creativity and demystifying what can be a mysterious process.
Dr. Adam Peck has a unique skill set. He is a former stand-up and improvisational comic with seventeen years of experience in higher education as a teacher and student affairs administrator. He serves as Dean of Student Affairs at Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) where he also serves as an adjunct graduate faculty member in the Master’s Program in Student Affairs and Higher Education. He also teaches in the division of Communication and Contemporary Culture at SFA. He is the Co-founder of Apex Educational Programs, and education consulting company.
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