Dawn is a creative practitioner specialising in community engagement. Dawn trained in Ceramics and Textiles and was awarded funding and various prizes in developing her practice which eventually led Dawn to find her passion in creative community engagement. Dawn has worked with a wide range of communities of varying ages, abilities and needs, from helping children design play spaces to working with teachers to develop creative curriculae. Dawn continues to work on new projects aimed at helping others harness their creativity.

 

Adding Sparkle to your Curriculum

This trouble shooting session offers the opportunity to work through an area of your curriculum you feel needs work to create lessons which are exciting and engaging.
The session is comprised of several facilitated activities to generate ideas which are then worked up in to practical lesson plans. As well as facilitating the discussion with use of creative idea generating and recording techniques, Dawn will offer practical insight in to how to approach and carry out the new creative curriculum elements.
 
Suitable for: All keystages
 
Curriculum Links:
Matched to those identified by the participant
 
Learning Outcomes:
Participants  will be guided to trouble shoot an area of curriculum to make it more creative and engaging. Along the way they will pick up techniques which then can employ to carry out this process at school.
 
This workshop is 3 hours/half day session.
 
Creativity! What is it good for? And how to nurture it!
This session explores how creative risk taking is at the heart of learning. What is it to be creative? How and why should this be encouraged in a classroom environment? Dawn will support you to devise ways to develop creative and self directed learning opportunities within your school.

We will begin by exploring what creativity is and why it is important before looking at how it is nurtured or harmed. The group will be facilitated to explore ways in which more truly creative activities can be incorporated in to your school as well as ways of evaluating and recording them. Learn about how the use of scrap in a classroom context increases the potential for creative learning.

 
Suitable for: All keystages
 
Curriculum Links:
From NC Aim 1 “It should build on pupils’ strengths, interests and experiences and develop their confidence in their capacity to learn and work independently and collaboratively.”
 
Learning Outcomes:
Develop a fuller understanding of creativity and how to nourish it in your classroom.
Devise practical ideas to take away.
Begin to develop a toolkit for recording creative outcomes
 
This workshop is 3 hours/half day session.

 

Cultivating Creativity in Your Children

When we make children more aware of the product than the process we chip away at their creativity. School is historically focused on tangible products, so how can we address that bias by creating opportunities for open ended process led activities, which might not result in a product at all?

This session offers an in-depth exploration of creativity and how it operates in practice. From this you will be able to discuss your own practice in terms of how you might better support the developing creativity of children.
 
Suitable for: All keystages
 
Curriculum Links:
From NC Aim 1 “It should build on pupils’ strengths, interests and experiences and develop their confidence in their capacity to learn and work independently and collaboratively.”
Learning Outcomes
Develop a fuller understanding of creativity and how to nourish it in your classroom.
Devise practical ideas to take away.
 
This workshop is suitable for a Twilight session of 1.5 – 2 hours or you can add it to Creativity! What is it good for? And How To Nurture It! for a full day session.day)

Dawn Todd