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Creativity fostering Workshops

Rationale

The program serves as a platform to innovating teaching learning processes by 20 hours of online PD workshops. The teachers will learn to foster students’ critical thinking. They will provide learners with tools to evaluate information and ideas based on rational categories. They will motivate students to continue the higher order thinking with creativity and flexibility, making the best out of mis-takes, and befriending ambiguous challenging tasks. Innovative teaching methods from around the world will be introduced, so teachers promote students’ global literacy. Contents: Care ethics classroom management tools; Principles for creating a safe learning environment that supports critical and creative thinking; Creative Problem-Solving skills and CPS teacher and students’ preferences (clarifier, ideator, developer, implementer). Awareness to personal CPS preference enables self-management toward effective autonomous and collaborative learning; A Fresh perspective to the classical teaching paradigm: The student as an explorer, discovering his inner world to go out to the world with resilience; Igniting multidisciplinary curiosity for productive engagement in learning and best possible achievements.

PD workshops developer and facilitator’s experience

Throughout many learning sciences courses Michelle Korenfeld, the PD developer and facilitator, interweaved her professional lifelong creativity education practice with teaching-learning theories and recent academic research, to help teachers meet the challenges of the present and future times. Michelle acquired much experience by mentoring teachers as leader at the Creative Education Foundation’s Creative Problem-Solving Conferences (University at Buffalo, New York) and as presenter at ETAI Conferences (English Teachers Association of Israel). When she worked at the Dr. Erica Landau Institute for the Advancement of Youth to Excellence and Creativity, the 5 E’s strategy emerged. The ways to nurture scientific and linguistic literacy based on the 5 E’s strategy were developed with the mentorship of Dr. Moshe Rishpon, who established the Clore Garden of Science and The Science Oriented Youth Department in the Weizmann Institute. In the Creative Problem-Solving conferences of the Creative Education Foundation, Michelle mentored teachers based on the 5 E’s. She wrote 10 student and teacher practical books aiming to deliver results. Her student book drew special acclaim. Over the years learners have shown critical and creative abilities, self-efficacy, self-directedness, were curious and motivated, and attention was kept for long periods of time.

Learning and educational outcomes

The future education system graduate is characterized by communication, cooperation, creative and critical thinking, and digital literacy. The program provides the basis for teaching-learning processes that nurture such skills, by relevant professionalism, opening-up equal educational opportunities to all students. Teachers will feel safe to enter class containing the needs of their diverse students, directing to personal fulfillment. They will invest in multidisciplinary self-enrichment, to fulfill their growth as humane and educational role models. Teachers will know how to participate in Creative Problem Solving, so school innovation process will continue after the program is done. Students will draw ideas based on learning and will express them in reading and writing. They will produce original educational products, constructing learning, enriching their inner world, and opening up to the world. So, they will express the critical and creative thinking they have acquired, information literacy, self-directedness, and global literacy. Teachers will engage in deliberate efforts to identify students’ individual needs, and to provide best-suited response. So, a school climate that invites creativity will be cultivated.

Program principles: The 5 E’s

Explore – Introducing the lesson’s subject in a multidisciplinary curious way; Experience – Expanding learning by experiential activities, in a scientific, artistic or thought experiment, and in conversation, all the while welcoming insights and ideas; Examine – teachers provide constructive feedback to insights and ideas; Elevate – teachers guide how to develop them into original learning products; Express – Implementing learning in writing, presenting, or multimedia. PD work methods will include CPS tools engaging in divergent and convergent thinking to examine the learning challenge, draw on ideas on how to respond to it, develop the most relevant and effective response, and applying it in class. Michelle’s lifelong creativity education experience together with academic studies will enlight empowering guidance for the teachers, accompanying them in nurturing learning skills toward better grades and higher education readiness. Global literacy will be based on Michelle’s 10 Amazon books, research on education innovation, and connections with educational leaders from around the world.

For years I beheld Michelle Koreneld’s facilitating and researching skills. We profoundly conversed toward the lessons she taught at the Dr Erica Landau Institute, when she crystalized her strategy, and toward writing her books. I was deeply impressed by the teaching-learning skills her books trans-disciplinarily provide basis for, while weaving non-formal educational methods into formal education and leveraging students’ curiosity for research and meaningful learning.

Michelle strongly believes in the strengths treasured in todays’ teachers and students. Michelle consolidated the teaching-learning methods she developed and researched during her academic studies to 5 E’s – 5 principles: Explore, Experience, Examine, Elevate, and Express. I identify with these principles wholeheartedly and believe they will open up new horizons of creativity and excellence to students.

Dr. Moshe Rishpon, Founder of The Science Oriented Youth Department and The Clore Garden of Science in The Weizmann Instititue.

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