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Creativity and Innovation in Pre-primary Education
Transcript of Creativity and Innovation in Pre-primary Education
kindergarten and early education teachers
Wroclław, 25-28 October 2012
Creativity and Innovation
1. Multilingualism vs. creativity and innovation
3. (Creative) ICT as a priority in eTwinning
4. Stimuli - sample projects
Multilingualism vs. creativity and innovation
"Language learning and linguistic diversity contribute to enhancing creativity and innovation at all levels of education and training, which has been highlighted as a priority by the European Commission until 2020."
Director General for Education and Culture of the European Commission (2009)
“It is a priority for Member States to ensure that language learning in kindergarten and primary school is effective for, it is here that key attitudes towards other languages and cultures are formed, and the foundations for later language-learning are laid.”
The European Council in Barcelona called for
“further action … to improve the mastery of basic skills, in particular by teaching at least two foreign languages from a very early age”.
European Council Barcelona 2002
“You live a new life for every new language you speak. If you know only one language, you live only once.”
"The child has a hundred languages (and a hundred hundred hundred more) but they steal ninety-nine.The school and the culture seperate the head from the body."
"Il bambino ha cento lingue (e poi cento cento cento) ”
(Italian pedagogue and philosopher
„Invece il cento c’è”)
Planning (creative) projects
Successful eTwinning projects:
- high pedagogical value
- international cooperation
Children's involvement in the projects:
absorbing topics (curriculum documents)
- extending children's interests (appropriate areas of interests)
- initiatives undertaken by learners (teacher's guidance)
- motivating teaching resources
- cooperation with parents
Recommended project-related books:
Young Investigators. The Project Approach in the Early Years. J.H. Helm, L.G. Katz
2. The Project Approach. Making Curriculum Come Alive. S. C. Chard
Language Learning at Pre-primary School Level: Making it Efficient and Sustainable - a Policy Handbook European Commission
(Creative) ICT in the eTwinning projects
Stimuli- sample projects
(Very) early foreign languages learning with bear, photo books, ICT and parents (ELL 2010)
project's site: http://wpia.ujk.edu.pl/wped/inst/dlastud/proj2/
Creative usage of IWB
project's site: http://wpia.ujk.edu.pl/clil/
English with Cuisenaire rods (ELL 2005)
Portfolio of a Creative Primary Language Teacher
project's site: http://wpia.ujk.edu.pl/wped/inst/dlastud/proj1/
"Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes and having fun."
Mary Lou Cook
"There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all.
Without creativity, there would be no progress, and we would be forever repeating the same patterns."
Edward de Bono
Recommended book on using puppets with children:
"Teaching with Bear" Mary Slattery
Mary's blog: www.maryslattery@com
Sample story (Father's Day):