Presented by: Joanna Norton
Preparing students for a globally connected future, where problem solving, divergent thinking and an ability to demonstrate flexibility, are increasingly key indicators of success. Bruce & Edwards (2016) suggest that an optimum learning environment where such preparedness is the objective, is guided by teachers comfortable with adaptability. Today’s Teacher, Tomorrow will begin by exploring the concept of adaptability within teacher development. It will then move to present three creative activities in the areas of problem solving, divergent thinking and collaboration, to encourage participant reflection on their attempts to create a globally connected future.
Joanna Norton teaches at the University of the Arts (UAL) in London. She works across colleges and disciplines with students from foundation to postgraduate level. As a creative thinker, her primary area of interest lies at the confluence of divergent disciplines. Her current area of research within Applied Imagination is investigating how the principals of social justice can inform the direction of next-generation teaching and learning. She is currently collaborating with concept designers, instructional designers and learning technologists to consider how classroom learning can be applied to address real-world challenges.