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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Creativity in the Classroom


            There’s a growing resistance to creative approaches within the classroom. Administration is of course reluctant to embrace such ideas because they’re new and unproven, but what concerns me the most is the resistance coming from the students.
            I frequently come up with odd ideas in terms of presenting lessons and projects for the students to do that stretch them creatively as well as academically. I think that these are related and must both be stretched in order for true growth to occur. It is the creative mind that posits the impossible as something achievable, and is responsible for so many of the wonders we have today.
            So I have growing concerns over an increasing population of the students I teach that want nothing to do with creative projects. They would rather someone tell them, step-by-step, what must be done, what they must think, and simply do that.
            I don’t know yet how to overcome this problem.
            But I am still working on it. That’s why I’m so creative.
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