In my job, I get the opportunity to talk with lots of teachers about lots of topics that fall under creativity, like makerspaces and sketchnotes. I should use the word talk fairly lightly. While I do love to share my passions for creativity and inquiry with others, I like to take on the role of architect to design experiences for teachers to test out their creativity skills where they are the ones doing the talking and sharing. When we often get started, one common response to "Let's start creating!", is "What?!" "No, I'm not creative." Yet, I am an eternal optomist when it comes to creating. I am one of those people that believes that everyone is a creator. Everyone is creative.
Yet, I had this same experience today during a staff meeting. We were asked to translate the main topic from the 2016 Horizons Report into a visual format. Since many of the people in the group know that I've played with sketchnotes, they seemed to assume that I would do the creating. They seemed a bit surprised when I turned to them and said, "Let's all take a word or phrase." And after the initial "What?!" and "I can't" we were on our way!
And the creativity of others never ceases to amaze me! Some of my favorite visualizations were created by other people, I circled a few of my favs. I love the witches' hat representing Wicked Challenges and the glasses tied to Relevance.
Everyone has creativity inside of them. EVERYONE, no one is exempt. They just have to squash that initial gut reaction of thinking that you can't and start saying "I can!" I know that I'm not Sylvia Duckworth, but I love to create and doodle. It makes me happy and gives me a place for the creativity to funnel out of me. So, when you feel words, "I can't" bubble up in your throat, stop yourself short and say "I can!"
When I was teaching, I had heard that it was important to teach students how to code. But, as a teacher, I had no time to wrap my brain around what in the world that meant and what I could possibly do about it. I mean, and this is incredibly ironic, but I never took a computer programming course. Everything that I can do on a computer is completely self-taught learned in the trenches of completing acts that had to be done in the moment where I learned on the fly. However, I am becoming ever more aware of the impact of coding on our future.
This truly is going to be another language that kids are going to need to know how to "speak," read and write. As more and more is automated in life, that line is going to blur more and more. And I was reminded of this just yesterday when I watched a story on my favorite 60 Minutes about Autonomous Drones.
I was truly blown away by this story. Those robots were coded to not only complete a task, but to be able to interact with each other and learn from each's movements. WOW! Understanding code will be important for everyone of all job backgrounds to know and understand how robots work because robots will be everywhere. It may seem like a GIANT leap for some of us, but there are so many great, free coding programs to start with...