The more I think and learn about creativity, the more I come to believe that it is at the absolute core of schooling. It is part of a triad of elements that make schools effective. Imagine a knot, with one key element at each point. We can call it the “Creativity in the Classroom Model,” although we could name it after learning for understanding, or intrinsic motivation, just as well. Each element is dependent on, and contributes to, the others, intertwining in complex ways.
Learning for Understanding Intrinsic Motivation and Motivation to Learn
If we want optimum learning, we must strive for intrinsic motivation, motivation to learn, and creativity. If we want creativity, we must support intrinsic motivation and help students learn for understanding. And, of course, optimum motivation is enhanced though opportunities to learn for understanding and use content in creative ways. The next few pages examine each pair of elements in the model.