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Wednesday, July 24 • 10:20am - 11:25am
Creativity and Academic Excellence

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Creativity is 90% perspiration and 10% inspiration' - Thomas Edison.

The path to the creative society of the future goes straight through the classroom. When students have been taught the essential skills and knowledge of each subject they develop a deeper understanding of the material and are able to go beyond existing knowledge and transfer this knowledge to new situations. All of the research demonstrates that creativity only happens with sustained hard work, skill, and the confidence needed to take risks. According to Collard, ‘Creative skills aren't just about good ideas, they are about having the skills to make good ideas happen.’

We need to prepare our students to excel in examinations so that they can access the career paths they have chosen, but we also need to ensure that our students are to be able to enter the world as confident, creative individuals who can deal with the diverse and challenging problems they will encounter. Our students will have to master disciplinary knowledge and expertise to do well in tests, but if they are to flourish in the world, they must learn to uncover the learning, and understand how everything connects together, and how to link knowledge across disciplines. When we enable our students to achieve this their creativity will be unleashed.

This workshop will explore practical ways to unleash creativity in your students and enable them to flourish academically. A plethora of strategies, ideas and resources will be shared.

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Karen Yager

Deputy Head Student & Teaching Excellence K-12, Knox Grammar School
I am the Dean of Studies at Knox Grammar School, and an English Method Lecturer at the University of NSW (UNSW). In 2011, UNSW appointed me as the ICT Pedagogy Officer. In this role I have developed a wiki for students and lecturers that features a plethora of ways to use technology... Read More →

Wednesday July 24, 2013 10:20am - 11:25am EDT
White Hill - 4th Floor (C wing)

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