Connection is the title of this year’s annual conference of Colleges and institutions Canada (CICan) to be held May 3-5 at Montréal’s Palais des Congrès. Destination Creativity will be there!
This workshop, entitled “Educational institutions as creative places to work,” is part of the “Governing Excellence” stream.
Many educators have taken creativity to heart and incorporated it into their pedagogical planning, but as employees, we don’t always work in creative and innovative workplaces. In other words, does the institution model the attitudes it hopes for in the classroom?
June 11-12, 2020 are Days of Creativity in the Mile-Ex district of Montreal. The objectives of this workshop meet the requirements for professional development and qualify for most training budgets. Check with your employer. For more information, stay tuned to this site, visit Facebook/#DestinationCreativity or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2019 ended with a contemplative look at the importance of silence at a breakfast gathering of Creative Mornings Montreal.
“…if you let our world have its way with your mind, your executive function will only rarely, if ever, be disengaged. A lot of other brain functions, in particular, those associations that can lead to the Aha moments of creativity, will be just as rare. We are wired to thrive in silence and we should strive to have some every day.”
May the first year of the new decade contain many moments of beneficial silence.
Since 1990, IQ scores amongst North American youth have continued to rise while creativity has steadily declined. This is the finding of a broad study carried out by KH Kim*, professor of creativity and innovation at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. Her research includes individuals from both the US and Canada.
That conclusion seems counterintuitive, given the frenetic pace of technological development in the modern world. However, Kim claims that on average, today’s North American youth is less creative and innovative than the generation that preceded it. That’s a scary thought, considering the scope of serious problems facing the world today.
The good news is that this trend can be reversed. The most important factor in stimulating the creative process is what she calls “climate” and this is where educators and parents can play a huge role.
In our June workshop,
we’ll explore the elements of “climate” in the classroom and in schools as
workplaces. “Constructing creative
learning environments” participants will build a tool kit to help the youth of
today tackle the challenges of tomorrow.