I am still focusing on the need to bring creativity to the classroom. I have read many articles, blogs and comments from teachers, parents and students about HOW to do this.
One of my favorite articles was from Sir Ken Robinson. The point of Robinson’s talk is that the current education system is designed to squander creativity . Children are steered away from unusual instincts toward the traditional skills that will lead to secure jobs. He said “Our education system has mined our minds in the way that we strip-mine the earth-for a particular commodity. And for the future, it won’t serve us. We have to rethink the fundamental principles on which we’re educating our children. When children enter school, Robinson argues, they do so without a fear of being wrong. He tells the story of a quiet girl drawing at the back of a classroom. Her teacher came up and asked what she was drawing. The girl said, “I’m drawing God.” The teacher said no one knows what God looks like. The girl replied, “They will in a minute.”
Another good blog came from Creative Teaching Site. She talks about shaking up the teaching process: http://www.creativeteachingsite.com/teach6.htm
So, anyone in the education field, whether it be in a classroom, as a counselor, on the sports field, etc. LET’s set aside the first 5 minutes of the time we have with the students and throw something at them that they don’t expect (obviously I am not talking about physical objects!!). Some suggestions are:
- Begin with a ‘reading’….a famous quote, “Murphy’s Law”, a startling statistic.
- Do a demonstration of something.
- Keep an inventory of ‘things’ to pass out.
- Appear in costume.
- Play a quick game.
- End your time with a quote. Something that relates to their world!
I’ll be waiting to hear your responses to these suggestions! I am sure there will be some ‘A-Ha” Moments!