Most people will agree that Creativity is one of the IN words at the moment and there tend to be consensus that Creativity is very important. Traditionally we tend to think of Creativity as something that normally gets expressed in the creation of something visual - maybe a work of art, new song, new gadget, etc. To look at creativity only from this angle can however be very limiting - especially in an educational setting.
So what does a Creative Classroom look like?
When students are being creative in the classroom they are likely to:
1. question and challenge ( Creative kids are curious and don't necessarily follow the rules)
2. make connections and see relationships (Creative kids think laterally)
3. envision what might be (Creative kids imagine, see possibilities and ask "what if"?)
4. explore ideas and options (Creative kids try alternatives and fresh approaches, keep and open mind)
5. reflect critically on ideas, actions and outcomes (The invite and use feedback and make perceptive observations)
So to find a truly creative classroom we might have to stop looking for good artwork, but instead listen and observe what is happening in the learning discussions.
(Creativity Its place in Education, W Morris)