I went to the TED opening night, cinema event, last week and it left my mind whiring in the wee hours of the morning. Not the usual worries and hashing out of upcoming Open to Learning Conversations either! This was all positive ideas and thoughts, so thank you TED!
One of the talks was by the band OK Go, of the zero gravity music video fame, among others. They talked about their creative process, which they said was hard to describe but was not – think up idea, plan, go back to the ideas phase and refine, new plan, create. Instead, they discussed spending lots of time playing with ideas in their metaphorical sandpit.
I, personally, like the linear model they presented. It works for my more sequential way of doing things. I also like the Design Thinking model and became particularly attached to the simplicity and versatility of the Stonefields School learning model during my time there.
However, I wonder if we allow children enough time in the sand pit at the start of such a process… or do we over scaffold or over process things, thereby removing all the excitement, wonderment and creativity? Though these things have their place, how much play and exploration is there in a KWL chart or a brainstorm on the board, for instance?