The ‘Four Cs’
23 November 2018
“Do you have a spare moment to chat? I’m free tomorrow.” “Nope, can’t do it. I can do Thursday next week.” “OK, Thursday afternoon it is.” Have you ever found yourself struggling to find the time to do anything for yourself? To make time to improve your own wellbeing? Ken and I were at this same point recently where we just wanted a few moments to chat about how things were going. How ironic! The incoming Wellbeing Coordinators challenged to find the time to talk about their own wellbeing.
Critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication are words or skills we like to think of as the driving force behind what happens in active learning environments, aka ‘cool schools’. This sounds good, right? We all want our kids to grow and learn, and there are so many choices to make and things to do that it can be overwhelming when we try to encourage them to be 21st Century learners.
When looking at this notion here are some ideas to think about: Creative thinking encourages children to explore, enquire and discover, which are all crucial for innovation. Because children are more engaged and interested, creative learning gives them a deeper understanding of what is being taught and they retain more of their learning. Creative thinking encourages children to feel safe in taking risks in their enquiries. Without feeling there is right and wrong, children have the opportunity to question and grow. Creative thinking encourages thinking outside the box and develops problem-solving skills.
Encouraging these 4Cs at home: Use resources that support investigations, critical thinking and reflections. Use information books, journals and IT, like innovative apps to help kids figure things out themselves. You might learn new things too.
Accept the mess that goes with creative interactions and pursuits - there is ALWAYS going to be a mess, but it’s a ‘cool’ mess! Make the time to have conversations about the how, when and why? Children’s interests are as diverse as they are … spend some time exploring together. Visit nature, the museum, art galleries and other events, encouraging your child’s interest and your own. Learning should be fun, because learning is for life!
Adapted from an article by Angela Sutherland https://kidsonthecoast.com.au/read/education/article/the-four-cs-creativity-in-the-21st-century-classroom
John Venegas & Ken Tosen
Wellbeing Coordinators 2019