Creativity – UDL (Part 1 of many…)

I am a huge proponent of UDL, Universal Design for Learning. In a nutshell, UDL is utilizing multiple, flexible ways to engage the “what, how and why” of learning for all learners. Learn all you ever wanted to know about UDL HERE…But don’t read too much or you might blow some of my future posts! 😉

I am NOT a huge proponent of IQ testing. I understand the “need” for knowing, but we tend to get so bogged down in IQ scores without always taking into account other forms of intelligence. Most of us know someone who is incredibly book smart, but has difficulty safely crossing the street. Or maybe someone who regularly fails standardized tests, but can play Mozart by ear. We all learn differently. We think differently. We create differently.

How Creativity Works: It’s All In Your Imagination aired on NPR recently. Author Jonah Lehrer discussed the brain’s ability to create, to be creative and the many ways we can approach creativity. “The brain is just an endless knot of connections. And a creative thought is simply … a network that’s connecting itself in a new way.” Listen to the interview or read the Transcript …do you agree with Lehrer’s thoughts on creativity? One thought which jumped out at me was the idea of segregated classrooms in secondary education. If I agree with Lehrer that creativity is a network of seemingly old ideas, then how do students who are kept apart allowed to test and build their own creativity? What sparks them in a separate place? I know there is more to segregated classrooms and inclusion and that is for another discussion. Do we hinder or stifle learning by putting students in one classroom, group or another? What are your thoughts?

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