Merriam Webster defines “create” as to produce through imaginative skill. What struck me is the word “skill”. Creative acts are a means of self-expression, but I hadn’t really thought of it before as a skill. After reflecting on this, I’ve come to realize creativity is a skill that can be developed through experimentation, exploring, and synthesizing information. In a previous post, I’ve indicated that while everyone is naturally creative, young children especially, have a creative core that often seems to flow more easily than older students and adults. Creativity as a skill, with appropriate attention and practice, can deepen student learning and develop key problem solving skills.
With creativity in mind, Peter Reynold’s International Dot Day is fast approaching! I’ve written about Dot Day before and this year’s International Dot Day is a chance to encourage young students to “make their mark”. My friend Marc Faulder has created a template in Pages so you can make your own collaborative Dot Day book. You can access the template here.
Once you open the document in iCloud, click “File” then “duplicate” and you will have your own copy.
Recent updates to Pages now include tools to create your own books that can be exported to EPUB files. Creating and publishing books is easy enough for students of all ages. Here is a brief Clips video, created by Marc Faulder, showing how young children can be authors in Pages.
Too often, when we hear the word “creativity” we think only of drawing. Our students are capable of so much more, especially if we work on developing the skill in meaningful ways. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Young Children Can Create series that Marc and I have co-written, you can access them here:
The Rich Potential of Young Children’s Photography
The Rich Potential of Young Children’s Music Making (also co-written with Jason Milner)
The Rich Potential of Young Children’s Drawing
The Rich Potential of Young Children’s Video
So get out there and “make your mark”!