Through the Education Lens

Creativity: My Way or the Highway

CJ Westerberg, July 13, 2013 11:31 PM


CIMG0353.jpg"Read what you want to,
but something that is not too easy and not too hard for you."
-5th grade teacher who inspired a reluctant reader

Can One Teach Creativity?
Two-Minute "Profound" Video Below

by CJ Westerberg

One of my favorite thinker-educators, Joe Bower, said this video below is "profound". 

Anyone who has witnessed or experienced an art lesson where
a tree has to be green and brown, or that the assigned books "to read" are
narrow-casted to some rubric, then you will get this video and
maybe do something different.

For example, our daughter, a voracious reader now, HATED reading by fourth grade
until her smart fifth grade teacher said this,

"Read what you want to,
but something that is not too easy and not too hard for you."

No kidding. In that next month she read five books on her own. An avid reader was born. 

This was a teacher who empowered a learner to make a choice, to not cheat or fake it with an easy pick, and to be aware that a too challenging pick could be counter-productive and de-motivating.  This was a teacher who knew enough and/or CARED enough implement a
"to hell with the master plan."

I can see some educators with wild rubrics shaking their heads with tremors and tech-heads rolling their eyes about this story with their algorithms. Oh, "this story is the exception, not the scalable, scare-able rule."   
She realized that she liked a certain genre, not the Little Home on the Prairie that was being force-fed to the class "to expand one's horizons".
Can technology help with this dilemma - yes, but like anything, it depends on the intent and how . . . .

Thanks Joe, for the heads up on this quick 2-minute video:

The Day I Abolished Grading by Joe Bower

The Unintended Consequences of Grading by Joe Bower

Being Pegged, Late Bloomers and Effort by CJ Westerberg

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