The other day an old friend of mine brought me a tape cassette from a seminar we had been involved in in 1976.
The keynote talk at the seminar was given by Elwyn Richardson who we all regarded as the most important creative educator in NewZealand. Elwyn had developed his ideas about teaching in the
A creative education needs to reproduce the environment young children are exposed to before formal schooling and this is all the more important for students whose early life experiences has not provided whose early life experience has not provided such a positive learning environment The kindergarten ( child's garden) movement was established to do just this.
Any experience a child has ( and this includes teacher presented ideas aimed at capturing student curiosity), he said, can be expressed through words, talk, writing, drawing , art , movement, drama and clay. A look at any current classroom, particularly the art work, shows how much children’s creativity has been massaged by the heavy hand of the teacher.
|New book about Elwyn|
|Republished by NCER|
|Quality work Taranaki 76|
|Elwyn's students making drums|
|Snail art Taranaki 1976|