My Reflection on #28daysofwriting

February 28, 2015 Tom Barrett 4

It was in about early January when I began to mull over the idea of getting back into a writing habit. I wanted to renew the discussion and connectedness I enjoyed through my blog and get myself writing regularly again. The #28daysofwriting idea sprang from that desire.

Creative sculpture of trolleys

What Makes People Creative?

February 27, 2015 Tom Barrett 5

When you start to explore the literature around the definition of creativity, or what it means to be creative, the lists and references go on and on. In this post I wanted to share a few key characteristics of what we might deam a creative approach or disposition. In my last post I shared the idea of developing a creative council in the classroom to learn about key role models and why they were/are so influential in their fields. With a better sense of the characteristics of creative people we can form better perspectives on our own work and speak more confidently about what makes up ‘being creative”.

Creative Council Member Ada Byron

Convene your Classroom Creative Council

February 26, 2015 Tom Barrett 3

During some research on Thomas Edison I stumbled on the fact that he deliberately surrounded himself with a diverse range of expertise in order to generate new thinking and ideas, a creative council. In a recent post I referred to the concept of “casting widely” to make creative connections, Edison gathered people into his creative council to accelerate this. It is a practice that has been replicated by many visionaries, inventors and, more recently, innovative companies.

Knowledge Urgency

Education Suffers from a Lack of Knowledge Urgency

February 25, 2015 Tom Barrett 2

As teachers we need to be more open about our work and quickly realise that the whole profession can benefit from our collective expertise – we mustn’t become silos of knowledge ourselves. Nor do we want our knowledge and experience, our stories and ideas to lie dormant, our knowledge needs to live on and impact those around us, to be contextual and be flexible enough to improve the lives of as many people we can.

My EDtalk Interview from ULearn14

February 24, 2015 Tom Barrett 0

In this short interview I did for EDtalks in New Zealand at ULearn14, I share some of my thinking on the importance of developing curiosity filled learning, how we need creative processes like design thinking for learning and the tensions we face in the design of it all.