In the five weeks of the Robert Kelly hosted Book Lab about his latest book, Creative Development: Transforming Education through Design Thinking, Innovation, and Invention, I feel I understand where we, as educators, are headed better than I did before.
I also have more questions than ever before.
Creating a culture of collaboration and creativity is essential to move towards a more student-centred decision making model. Kelly’s notion that by flattening out the hierarchy in any educational environment, it allows for true collaboration among all participants. He articulates the idea of teacher as facilitator and student as captain of their own learning in a way I wish I could.
Kelly challenges the structure of the classroom and the mindsets of those within it so thoroughly as to set the whole concept of education on its head. And that is a good thing. Through anecdotal evidence, we see how students who direct their own learning are highly motivated and engaged in self-motivated challenges that round their learning not tied to curriculum but more in tune with how learning takes place in the real world. This type of learning is messy, not highly structured, not completed in a period, a day or a week. This learning is inclusive, consuming and relevant.
Educational technologies are the tools that suit the task, not a separate skill to be acquired through artificially created and staged outcomes.
Robert Kelly’s ideas challenge how I see students engaging in their education and that is exciting and interesting and scary all at the same time. Look at this book to promote some “outside the box” thinking for yourself and your students.