Enabling Environments for Creative Learning
My interest and passion lies in how creative thinking and practice can be used to develop each persons individual, intellectual and academic growth.
Whilst working in many schools, colleges and community settings I have observed how creativity can be a fully inclusive, flexible method of engaging both children and adults in play, investigation and exploration and therefore, learning.
“Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn.” – O. Fred Donaldson
Over time I have gained awareness of how different styles of teaching and learning can evolve by interacting with the unique factors of each child, community or setting. As part of this ongoing research I have visited schools in Italy, Denmark and Sweden to observe their use of creative education and I still use these experiences as inspiration as I approach any new environment.
‘Creativity is in part about innovation and so, by definition, creativity can only come about through trying something new’ – Sue Crowley, The Artful Educator
My work in many different schools over the pas 20 years has been ever changing because the needs and abilities of the children vary each intake. The requirement for new ideas and ways of supporting child development has meant my research into working with materials, techniques and philosophies is essential. Working to provide and sustain creative, fully inclusive learning environments has enabled me to use my knowledge as an artist to challenge every child appropriately. Creative flexibility is at the core of my ‘teaching and learning’ practice.