Aren't children practicing artists in the finest sense?
I've kept out of this discussion--I'm retired--this wasn't part of my
training or continuing education, although I have spent more than a little
time trying to understand the idea of DBAE...
I have a question for those of you who are using DBAE--I hear the term
production being thrown around occasionally--very seldom do I hear the
discussion including "creativity". Our state standards don't include
creativity as a goal; there's only a few items that even come close.
Assessment sems to find this pretty much impossible to evaluate--
Where do you think creativity fits in, and how do we teach it in a DBAE
context? Or should we bother?
Where I started teaching art 30 years ago, I learned 3 things very quickly--
1. I knew nothing whatever about how to teach creativity--it had never been
mentioned in my classes.
2. Teaching creativity was the last thing my school wanted of me--they had
enough trouble with kids' creative impulses without my teaching them how to
think beyond the usual.
3. My school had no intention of letting me teach creatively--my principal
informed me that I ought to be doing things like leather billfold kits, and
that kids should speak only after they raised their hands.....
I know a whale of a lot more about the subject now than I did then, but I'm
curious about this group's reflections on the matter.....
Lily Kerns CWKerns
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