So we all want to become more creative teachers. But what does creativity in education really mean? Is it about making worksheets look prettier? Is it about teachers standing on tables and being more exuberant? Is it about loosening things up and rethinking organizational structures and curricula? Or is it about finding and using more unusual ideas in the classroom?
Creativity in education is none of these things.
Creativity in education is primarily about our students. It's about finding ways to allow them to infuse their own interests, strengths and passions into the learning process, and it's about encouraging them to generate new, interesting and useful ideas. It's about igniting curiosity and wonder. And most of all, it's about making learning relevant, fun, challenging and customized.
And creative teachers? Creative teachers develop personalized learning challenges for their students and then stand back, offering only a gentle nudge here and there. Creative teachers reimagine the syllabus in a one-size-doesn't-fit-all manner. Creative teachers turn lessons into experiences. Creative teachers allow their students to become their focus, and they make it their business to ensure that each and every single one of their students has as many opportunities as possible to find and walk the path in life that they most want to.