The book is split into two parts- the first focusing on the theory behind artful attitudes and the second on how to develop skills on how to become an artful educator. Part one - artful attitudes discusses what is meant by the term creative and part two is split into thirteen different chapters on different ways to achieve being creative and artful. I work in the Early Years and felt that I already had a good knowledge of the first section of this book as part of my role is to encourage children's creativity and confidence. The book discusses the importance of creativity and how it impacts children's life and learning. I would recommend this book as I found Part Two helpful in developing my practice and boosting my creativity in teaching and learning. I enjoyed the different chapters that focus on the variety of ways creativity can be taught: for example the chef- though food; or the film director which focuses on incorporating creativity with computing skills. At the end of each chapter there are recommendations of activities for Key stages 1 and 2 and beyond, which are simple and cross curricular. The last chapter in this book is called ten tiny steps and I have already begun using this as a starting point to develop my skills having implemented them slowly into the running of my Reception class.
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