A bicycle rack inspired creativity in a
group of students
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Research shows that arts
education can play an
important role in
improving your students'
performance. Let the arts
equip your students for a
brighter, more creative
Every classroom needs a
Can creativity be taught?
by Michael Eddens, director of arts education
"Creativity training” is quickly becoming the new
buzzword in public education. Educators and
legislators across the country are looking for ways
to inject more creativity training into the classroom.
One might assume that adding more fine arts
classes in k-12 schools is the answer, but perhaps
there’s more to it. Could it be that there are things
we can do in our existing arts programs that will
enhance the level of creativity training?
Several months ago I visited a community-based after school arts program at an
Oklahoma City community center. After my visit, as I was leaving the building, I
noticed several boys gathered nearby, waiting to go home after having participated in
a drum class. The boys chattered, laughed and engaged in a little horseplay, then
suddenly found themselves playing on a serpentine-shaped bicycle rack mounted in
the concrete sidewalk. Within a few seconds an impromptu stroke of creative genius
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Subject: [PatronMail Preview] The Creative Classroom (Spring 2012)
Date: March 8, 2013 10:21:10 AM CST
To: Joel Gavin <Joel.Gavin@arts.ok.gov>