Creativity in the Primary Classroom
- Juliet Desailly - Education Consultant
Primary Professional Studies
‘A highly practical overview of creative teaching and learning for both novice and seasoned primary teachers; this second edition features useful content on the new National Curriculum in England, such as possibilities for creativity in different subjects and consideration of creative assessment. In a nutshell, super-accessible and inspiring!’
-Emese Hall, PGCE Primary Lead & MA Creative Arts in Education Tutor, University of Exeter
Creativity is an integral element of any primary classroom, and the new curriculum allows greater freedom than ever before to incorporate this in your teaching. Being a creative teacher involves generating new ideas, reflecting upon and evaluating different teaching approaches, and establishing an environment that supports creativity in your pupils.
Filled with ideas, activities and reflective tasks and underpinned by relevant theory, this practical book explores how to develop as a creative teacher, empowering you to implement your own engaging and inspiring approaches to planning, teaching and assessment.
Drawing from detailed real-life examples, this second edition includes:
· Updated links to the new National Curriculum and Teachers’ Standards
· More guidance for each curriculum subject area
· Increased coverage of assessment and creative teaching for differentiation
This is a really helpful book which encompasses a lot of the key topics covered in the module.
Is being used as a supplementary book to support the module requirements for `creativity and learning`.
Useful information contained within it including reflections for learners to use to develop practice.
Did not receive this book
This was a well written text that explores what is an interesting topic.
This is an excellent up to date text book which is very useful for any student aiming to provide a creative curriculum. It features clear curriculum links, theory and practical examples. The book is accessibly written and an excellent resource.
To support trainee primary teachers' work on their cross-curricular modules
This book is extremely interesting, both from the point of view of the teacher and also how to embed creativity throughout teaching and learning. The individual activities, examples and opportunities for reflection were very useful. The chapter of case studies has, however, the potential to be prescriptive- teachers have a tendency to focus on such 'schemes' and this has the potential to actually reduce creativity as they do not adapt these ideas for their own contexts.
Good clear examples of creativity in the classroom. Students appreciate the guidance for lesson planning.
I like the 'generic' components of this book. For a teacher new in the classroom the consideration of the culture of the classroom; groupwork; personal and social aspects; and the role of the teacher are sensible and clear.
I think teacher modelling could feature more prominently as a technique.
My main recommendation is to include MUSIC in the list on page xv 'subjects and skills reference table'.
Engaging exploration of creative pedagogies.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter 1: The Key Elements of Creativity