As I work on the STEM Bus and help students connect their classrooms to STEM Education, I think about ways to help them be creative. Using technology, we can allow great things to happen in our classroom and instruction.
You have to allow them to be CREATIVE!
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How are you seeing creativity in the students/learners that you work with on a regular basis?
As a district employee, I do not have students that I see on a regular basis. The students that I do work with are students that are extremely creative in the STEM content. We have several stations that are based around the design thinking and engineering. Students are working on their projects that require them to be creative. They work in teams of three or four to create different projects. One of their projects have been to rethink a baseball tee and create a baseball tee out of index cards that can hold a baseball. All of them have had unique and different designs that have been creative.
What is at least one issue/problem that you are seeing in your school/organization that needs improvement?
In my organization, teachers need the option to explore creativity. They are working on keeping with their pacing guides. They feel like they are so stuck to their content and curriculum that they feel like they do not have the opportunity to create. It is really sad. Several struggle with incorporating STEM into their classroom too. Creativity is such an important part of their development but teachers feel stuck.
How could you use methods such as personal analogy method or the fantasy method to address?
I would use personal analogy method to relate to the teachers in my district. I understand how they feel like they are stuck and how they feel like they have no extra time to create and go away from their pacing guides. I would tell them about times I have felt stuck and allowing students to work on a project that relates to what we should be doing actually helped me become unstuck and rethink my classroom. Creativity doesn’t have to be outside of the curriculum and outside of standards. It is thinking about the curriculum from a different lenses.
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This blog post assignment is on Sensazione Self-Assessments. We were to pick two senses and complete the check list provided in our reading based on how we interpret the answers. For your fun and enjoyment, a citation has been provided below so you can find this information and so no one can clam I stole it without paying homage to the author. #CopyrightPolice #YesThereIsaStory
Sensazione Self-Assessment: Hearing (Gelb, 2004, p. 100)
Sensazione Self-Assessment: Taste (Gelb, 2004, p. 102)
Well, there it is. I can hear sensitive things and I do not eat exciting foods. That is me. I hope you enjoy and talk to you on the next post. For now, enjoy your food and if you sing off-key, I will forgive you. I mean that is why they have waterproof speakers. You can sing all you want to in the shower. Don't care.
Gelb, M. J. (2004). How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day. New York, New York: Dell.
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This week's assignment is to talk about why creativity is important to me. I have to say that I am creative and have the creative mind. I am all about clutter and work well in organized mess. It is not easy for type A people to work around me because I AM A MESS! With this mess, I am able to create. Most of my creativity comes in the Arts. I studied Music Education in school and have a few degrees in Music Education. This is creating at its finest.
I do feel like sometimes it is the opposite of creativity though. Shh, don't tell on me...
I say this because sometimes I feel like I am just recreating something that someone else has already done. I am not adding my own style or flare to my music. I felt like this in the classroom. I felt like I had to teach this piece of music the same way every time because I was teaching the standards. It did not feel like I could add my own thoughts on the piece, even though I was the director and I could change what I wanted. I feel like maybe a lot of teachers feel this way when we look at creating in the classroom. If the question happens to be, "What standard does this teach?" chances are it is not allowing for full creativity. Way to go #StandardizedTesting. Do you feel that way in the classroom? Send me a comment below.
Now that I have stepped out of the classroom into a district role, I feel like my mind is back open to being creative. I work with a pretty innovative staff. We are not just looking at technology as a means to pass information to students, we are looking at it as an innovative tool that can help students be creative and help them create. In a work environment, it helps to have similar minds, and opposing minds, to create new products. Sitting idle is bad for anyone. Get up and #CREATE!
Thanks for stopping by this week. Sometimes a job change is needed. I needed to abandon what I had done for so long so I could remember "My Why?". I needed to create again. I needed something new. I was tired of doing the same thing over and over. Change is good and can remind you it is okay to enjoy work. It is okay to be creative. It is actually okay to try something new and FAIL!
Bye for now,
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