Let Out The Creative Beast!Posted: May 12, 2010
Last night’s #EdChat was about how to best promote creativity in schools. Lots of great ideas were suggested but here are a few in particular that stood out to me:
This one was by George Couros:
Which was linked to a recent blog post that can be found here.
Another couple tweets that stuck out to me were by Nicholas Provenzano (AKA @TheNerdyTeacher):
Nicholas also went on to say:
Guess what teachers? If you want to foster and promote creativity in your classroom, you’re going to have to start with yourself. Quit fearing messing up in front of your students. It’s going to happen! Think back to your first year of teaching. Ah, the memories right? Maybe, but I remember lots of failure. Which lead to lots of learning.
I still don’t get it when I hear teachers say things like, “Well the way I’ve been doing things works just fine for me.” Or, “There’s no room for technology in my instructional time.” Really?!? You think there is absolutely nothing you need to do to become better at your job? Anyways, I fear this could quickly turn into a rant. We have to be willing to step out of our comfort zone. I do too. There are aspects of my job when I’m guilty of the same mindset. The ol’ “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it!” mindset right? C’mon, let me see a show of hands who has done the same thing….thank you, ah yes I see your hand thank you too.
We have to be willing to “Let Out The Creative Beast” once and a while in our classrooms. Check out this simple, yet effective animated short:
Step 1 was to “Give it permission to come out and play?” How hard is this for some? Very hard. It’s the “let’s just see what happens” thinking. THAT is really hard huh? Just try it some time. We have to GIVE it, it’s not going to come on its own with everything else we have going on.
Step 2 is “Encouraging”. What happens, happens. We can’t look at the students’ work and say, “Yeah well that was OK, but what you should have really done is _______.” Let it lie where it lies and roll with it.
How often are you letting your creative beast out? If we want to promote creativity effectively, we have to let our students see us make a valiant effort at it as well. Remember, that starts with letting them see us FAIL.
I welcome your thoughts and thank you for reading.