By Stephanie Bartlett
“What is your plan?”
“Before we build that fort, maybe we should draw a plan.”
“Today I am going to build another prototype of my butterfly house.”
-Conversations from Mme Stephanie’s Kindergarten classroom.
Creativity is a word that we hear so often these days and yet so many of us are intimidated or just don’t know where to start. Some are interested, but don’t consider themselves creative, therefore they leave it for others to try. Naively ignorant of the world of creativity, I fell into that camp until everything changed in July 2012 when I began my Masters at The University of Calgary in Creativity in Educational Practice. Our professor, Robert Kelly, thoughtfully guided us through a personal and professional transformation that catapulted me into the world of teacher as designer. Together with my partners, we spent all of last year developing our own creativity and figuring out how to make room for something new in our teaching practice.