Creativity means conceiving of, or bringing forth, new things or concepts. Best-selling author and world renowned speaker, Sir Ken Robinson, maintains that creativity is as important in education as literacy and numeracy. After all, today’s students will work at jobs we can scarcely imagine. As it says on the Pickering College website, students will need to be critical thinkers, risk takers, strong communicators and problem solvers who are adaptable, self-confident and globally aware. In short, they will need to be creative.

But what does it mean to be creative? In a John Hopkins University journal article, Dr. Rosa Aurora Chavez-Eakle of the Washington International Center for Creativity writes:

“Highly creative individuals display exploratory behavior when encountering novelty, are optimistic, tolerant of uncertainty, pursue their goals with intensity, display responsibility, are directed to their goals, are able to utilize resources, are self-accepting and congruent and they display empathy, tolerance and integrated consciousness.”

Meanwhile, Sir Ken Robinson maintains that everyone is creative. He argues that the role of education is to encourage the creativity that exists within us all.

Creativity is encouraged in all aspects of a Pickering College education, from the classroom to co-curricular activities. Creativity is not limited to artistic pursuits. Through collaborative inquiry and project based learning, students explore real world problems and challenges while simultaneously developing cross-curricular knowledge and skills when working in small collaborative groups. Students are encouraged to take risks, try new things and bring forth new ideas, whether they are solving a math problem, participating in our robotics club, broadcasting on our student-run radio station or participating in our creative writing program. At Pickering College, creativity happens everywhere.

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