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Introduction

Welcome to the course "Everyday Creativity"! It is great to have you on board. We hope you will find your participation in this course useful. 
The EVERYDAY CREATIVITY course was developed by:


Tamás Péter Szabó, Ph.D.
Department of Teacher Education
University of Jyväskylä


Kristóf Fenyvesi, Ph.D.
Department of Teacher Education
University of Jyväskylä

Tamás and Kristóf have developed the curriculum and the online content, cooperating with the "Everyday Creativity" project partners and with the following specialists:
  • Mirja Tarnanen, Ph.D. (University of Jyväskylä)
  • Mikko Vesisenaho, Ph.D. (University of Jyväskylä)
  • Anna-Leena Kähkönen (University of Jyväskylä)
  • Antti Lehtinen, Ph.D. (University of Jyväskylä)
  • Olli Merjovaara (University of Jyväskylä)
  • Gysbert Bergsma and Guydolph Dijkstra (Stichting VerbindMij)

Start this course with reading the STUDY GUIDE and accomplishing the INTRODUCTORY ASSIGNMENT - CREATIVITY IN OUR SCHOOL.

Then, returm to the course's main page and start to work with  MODULE 1, but then you can work with the modules in any order of your preference.


Creativity in our school – a team project

Goal: In this project you should work together with your teacher colleagues. The goal of this project is to detect good practices in your school communities, and prepare a project report. You can use this report as a background material for prospective school development projects, and any time for your professional development.

If ypu wish to publish parts of your report, remember to ask for consent from the school management and people who appear in videos or photos or whose voice is recorded; further, ask permission from authors of texts or visuals (check if any material you wish to use is copyrighted). 

Time allocated for this task: is 15 hours per person.

Task: Carry out a project in your school to map creative practices in the school you work in. Start from your personal teaching philosophy and your own definition of creative teaching (see assignment in Module 1). Together with your colleagues, collect examples that demonstrate how creativity appears in your school. Answer the following questions:

  • What is good in our practices and what can be inspiring for other schools? What inspiring examples would we present to other schools/teachers?

  • What should be developed further and how? What do we expect to learn during this course?

Methods and materials:
When answering the above questions, try to include:
  • your own personal views,
  • your students' views,
  • parents' views and
  • your colleagues' views as widely as possible.

Collect photos, written documents (students' work, tasks, excerpts of curriculum or study plan, etc.) and/or videos, and reflect on them. You can record mini interviews with your colleagues, students and their parents, for example. Further, you can ask people (students, teachers, parents...) to draw / take photos / record videos on what they find interesting or important in the school, and discuss with them why they chose certain setups for their images or videos. Feel free to be flexible in using different methods and media formats.

Reporting:
Prepare a report including:
  • a joint definition of creativity ("this is the teaching philosophy of our team, and that’s how we understand creative teaching"), length: 150–200 words;
  • answers to the two questions above (1. good practices and 2. directions for further development), length: 700–900 words;
  • visual / multimedia illustration of good practices, preferably 4–6 examples with short descriptions (length: 50–100 words per example);
  • your declaration that you obtained all necessary permissions and consents for making the submitted materials (e.g. videos, photos) public in the project's communication channels.

The format of the report should be an illustrated text document. Additional content can be added (e.g. a slide show, video files, html documents, etc.).  Present your report on a teacher seminar or on a board meeting at your school. If you would like to share your report (or parts of it) beyond your school, fee free to submit it to the Everyday Creativity project website by sending it to: sec@sec.ro