Creativity, Curiosity and Meaningful Learning
This workshop is designed for Primary Teachers, Secondary Teachers and Leadership
‘Creativity’ seems to be popping up all over the place: The Melbourne Declaration sets the goal that “All young Australians become creative individuals” and the Australian and Victorian Curriculum has creative thinking at the forefront of its Capabilities.
This workshop explores why creativity is important, what it looks like in our classrooms – including some perhaps unexpected ways – and why it is so closely linked to curiosity and meaningful learning. But there’s also a large practical element, where we play with ways that enhance your students’ and your own creativity in ways that promote meaningful learning.
In this workshop we explore:
- What do we mean by creativity and creative thinking?
- What does creativity look like in a classroom?
- How does creativity relate to curiosity and meaningful learning?
- Strategies that create opportunities for creativity in the classroom
- Ways to harnessing your own creativity and curiosity
- Bringing it all together to make a difference to the way you teach and students learn
Narelle has completed her Bachelor of Science, with Honours, majoring in both English and Genetics. This an unusual combination of subject methods has resulted in some incredible opportunities for Narelle, allowing her to follow her passion and work creatively with a whole range of innovative curriculum initiatives, including designing curriculum for open learning spaces and rewriting curriculum. Her teaching has taken her to Cambodia to lead teacher training workshops in Battambang, and Science and English workshops for gifted and talented primary school students throughout Australia. Narelle has also worked as a Student Manager, as a leading teacher as Head of English and Literacy at a high performing girls’ school and a tutor in the Education Faculty at Monash University.
She is currently working on her PhD specifically looking at creativity, teacher beliefs, teacher practise and assessment strategies. Narelle has worked with a number of schools to help with strategically implementing the Australian Curriculum, creating differentiated curriculum, enhancing students’ writing and literacy skills, as well as the implementation of different learning and assessment strategies.