It’s All About the Process

 

Learning Creative Learning LIFELONG KINDERGARTEN MOOC

Week 2 Prompt: The Creative Learning Spiral is a way to think about the creative process. How would you describe or draw your own creative learning process?

 

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Creative Learning Spiral

I have always been a firm believer in the power of a process. Students need scaffolds to support their learning. They need structures and guidance to keep them on track and help them to be successful. Learning processes such as steps for problem-solving, the scientific method, the writing process, inquiry process or creative process are all examples of ways we can best support our students and their learning.

In recent years, I have done a lot of work with teachers and students using the design thinking process below. Design thinking is another example of a creative process that has universal, ubiquitous application regardless of what learners are creating, whether it be building a sculpture, designing a bridge, coding an animation, writing a poem, animating a game, composing a song or painting a picture.

Creation is a powerful way to put students in the center of their learning and design thinking is a framework to support students in that creative process, serving as a guide to approach any task, challenge or problem. It is a way to approach curriculum, standards and learning outcomes across the disciplines in meaningful ways.

Design Thinking can involve both short-term and long-term projects. It can end in an idea, an initiative or a product. It can involve both high tech and low tech supplies. It can be analog or digital, involving a pencil or a device. The possibilities are endless…

Identifying steps and using a process for design can help guide students through a creative problem-solving process and supports student learning in the areas of literacy, numeracy and the content areas in an engaging, empowering way. Design thinking can support learning across all curricular areas and promotes an interdisciplinary approach.

Identify → Imagine → Plan → Design → Refine → Share

←Reflect→

 

When we give our students regular opportunities to use a Design Thinking Process to solve a problem, to face a challenge or approach a task, it just becomes the way they do business. It develops a problem-solving skill set and mindset that will serve them well moving forward. Students are given an opportunity to be self-starters who in the end learn how to think, and how to learn. The creative process helps makes learning more visible each and every step of the way.

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