Creativity – Lessons from Masters [90 min workshop]

Creativity – lessons from Masters
Bruce Hammonds [New Zealand]

(Bring along pencil and paper to undertake activities to develop creativity)

This  interactive presentation acknowledges the importance of creativity but faces up to why it is that creativity is not central to in our personal lives, our organisations and in particular our schools .

Why is creativity so important? Do we all have the potential to be creative?

What is it that blocks creativity in our lives and in our organisations? Why do so many of us give up?

What do we have to change to create conditions so that creativity will flourish?

What are lessons we can learn from masters in any field past and present? What do such individuals have in common and how can we apply their lessons to our own lives, the organisations we work in and the students we teach?

Do we really understand the creative process; the need to value the apprenticeship stage in creativity; and the importance of effort, grit, and practice? Why are schools (and organisations generally) so destructive to student creativity? Why is it that many creative people found schooling difficult? What traits do such people have that still enable them to realize their creative potential?

Is it really possible for us all to be creative? Can we develop all organisations to encourage creativity? And, most important of all, how can we re-imagine schools so that all students are able to develop their own unique set of talents and leave with positive learning identities.

The presentation will cover the ideas of such creativity gurus as Sir Ken Robinson, Howard Gardner, Guy Claxton, Robert Greene and Elwyn Richardson as well as insights Bruce has picked up from his own attempts at creativity and from the creative teachers he has worked with.

Bruce Hammonds

Bruce is a humorous and enthusiastic presenter who has survived a long career in education.  He believes strongly that the true purpose of education is developing the talents and gifts of all students. He began his career as a nature study specialist, was transformed into a science adviser. His role was to assist teachers learn about their environment and for them to value the questions and ideas of their students. Later he became a classroom teacher in an attempt to put creative teaching ideas into action himself.  After a brief spell as an art adviser he was appointed a school principal where he tried to develop a school based on valuing student creativity. He completed his career as an independent learning adviser and has been invited to share his ideas both nationally and internationally.

He still worries that education is  as uncreative as ever with too many students leaving with little to show for their attendance at a time when developing the talents of all citizens is the most important thing a country can focus on. As we enter the 21stC we desperately need to transform our education system to ensure the diverse and unique talents of all learners are valued and amplified.

He continues to share creative teaching ideas through his blog  but is now occupies himself developing his large wilderness garden, trying to take his own advice to become an artist and wondering where all the years went

If you want to be more creative change your habits! [90 min workshop]

You will never be more creative than you are now if you keep doing what you always do. This workshop will help you discover what you need to do to uncover the creativity in your life

  • identify the seven habits of highly creative people
  • identify which habits are supporting your creativity and plan to enhance them
  • identify which habits are undermining your creativity and develop strategies for creating better ones

Wayne Morris

Wayne is the founder of Future Edge Ltd, a New Zealand based consultancy that specializes in applying ‘whole brain’ approaches to leading, learning and creating. Having originally trained as a teacher he has taught creative arts across all New Zealand education sectors. He is also an experienced trainer of teachers. He has spent the last 20 years working across a wide range of business, industry and community sectors.  He is an experienced, pragmatic and entertaining trainer and coach. He has the academic qualifications in organisational development, vocational education and training, and a broad business experience that supports his work. He has facilitated a range of leadership development workshops inNew Zealandand creativity workshops in New Zealand ,Singapore, Namibia, Dubai, Canada and South Africa. Wayne is also an artist with works in collections in New Zealand and overseas. He is a percussion addict and plays drums in several bands. He is the author of the recently published book ‘The Creative Edge Workshop’.