Our society is often myopic in how it views creativity in schools. The general thinking is that creativity is a state of mind that is most often manifested in art or music, but only by students who have a natural talent for it. In schools we create outlets for creativity but we don’t really teach it. After some introductory exposure to the “creative arts” in early grades, the more in-depth outlets we do create are primarily for the kids we’ve labeled as being “creative,” while others need not apply.
At Wooster School, we are thinking more deeply and more creatively about creativity. We know that creativity is a life skill -- the hallmark of an inquisitive, deep-thinking mind -- and one that all of our students need to possess. We start with the premise that creativity can be taught, is synonymous with invention and innovation, and is thus as deserving of practice and improvement as any other skill. The best musicians and artists are creative, but so are the best financiers, scientists, and writers. Schools that nurture creativity develop students’ comprehensive thinking skills and routinely expose them to different perspectives and experiences, so that they can apply them in various contexts. Students also need to experience failure and learn to persevere throughout the creative process.
Because Wooster School is committed to nurturing and sharpening students’ creative and innovative powers, we’ve developed curricula and created learning environments that strengthen traditional skills like reading, writing, and computation while giving students multiple, assured opportunities to apply those skills as thinkers and creators. Our teachers are trained to make their students’ thinking “visible” so that they can better direct their learning efforts. Infusing art, design, music, performance, and technology into learning environments is the norm from K through 12th grade. We’ve reconfigured a number of our classrooms into flexible learning studios, and our new Makerspace is the embodiment of the creative learning environment: a place where students learn to think differently, design, build, and experiment. These are but a few examples of Wooster’s commitment to teaching creativity and to being a creative and innovative learning community.
Come learn more about Wooster and you’ll see that we aren’t just talking about preparing students for an increasingly complex world, we are doing it.
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