Developing creativity in learning

Professor Graham Donaldson makes the case for ‘CREATIVITY’ | ‘Developing creativity in learning: the impact of the Donaldson report’ | October 6th, 2016

PGCE Art & Design students, accompanied by tutors Robert Griffin and Paul Herrington participated in the recent Artes Mundi Learning Conference at the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff. Notable keynote speakers in the morning were Professor Graham Donaldson, principal author of ‘Successful Futures’ and Anna Cutler, Director of Learning at the Tate. The afternoon involved delegate participation in a variety of creative ‘learning’ workshops e.g. ‘Linking contemporary artists themes with older traditional art’ and ‘Creative cross-curricular learning’.

In his address, Donaldson launched the case for ‘creativity’ to an audience of art and design teachers and other art ‘education’ professionals. He warmly cited Sir Ken Robinson’s thoughts on ‘creativity’ whilst offering his perception of the term, with one eye on the new curriculum. He argued that creativity could raise self-esteem and enhance all round performance. He explained how creativity has the capacity to prepare learners for employment where flexibility and innovativeness matter. From an experiential perspective Donaldson highlighted that creativity offers the learner personal fulfillment, excitement and wonder. Follow the link below for more conference news:

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Student poll: Gryffindor victory

hogwarts-poll-copyWe all love a good story. They are a significant part of our navigation through life.   The Harry Potter stories are a fiction phenomenon – providing a thrilling magical world for millions of people.

Asked in a recent poll which Hogwarts house they would be in, Cardiff Met student teachers showed their true colours.   54% of you voted to be in Gryffindor – Harry Potter’s house.  Ravenclaw was runner-up (23%), followed by Hufflepuff (14%) and finally Slytherin (10%).

So what does this reveal about our next generation of teachers? Rather encouragingly, perhaps, by opting for Godric Gryffindor’s house, the majority of students appear to be appreciating the courage and determination of Harry Potter, qualities that you’ll certainly need on school experience!gryff

The Ravenclaw voters are undoubtedly valuing the wit and intellect for which this house is famous, whilst those of you imbued with decency and fair play align yourself with Cedric Diggory’s house, Hufflepuff. Again, these houses stand for attributes that will serve you well in the classroom.

Which leaves those of you who voted for Slytherin – a house with a history of producing dark and dangerous characters! We have no doubt that your cunning, your determination and your keen sense of ambition will take you far in school!