It’s hard to speak about creativity due to the subjective interpretation and manifestation. What is creativity? How can one tell if a person is creative or not? Is it possible to nurture creativity in any individual regardless of their personality?
As a former K-8 and HS level classroom teacher, I was always disappointed to see kids who were being trained that a paragraph should have the following elements: I am going to tell you…and then firstly, secondly, thirdly, and wrap up with “thanks for reading my paragraph”. This isn’t what an authentic paragraph looks or sounds like. It’s a nice brief stage for training, but it seems that all too often that’s where educators stall out in their modeling.
The number of foreign students enrolling in schools has been increasing in the UK and elsewhere for several years now. There are undeniable benefits to this as students who learn alongside people from different countries gain perspectives that they would not otherwise have.
Digital technology is quickly becoming ubiquitous in our society. The vast majority of individuals now travel with at least one device on their person. This has its advantages, as people can gain access to real time information as well as communicate with social contacts and business associates. It is also useful for day to day activities such as travel times, geolocation and weather information. And this trend is going to continue as new technology continues to be developed.
Every teacher knows that understanding is the key to good knowledge. However, teachers have to cover so much material during classes that it’s hard to ensure that your students get valuable knowledge by just lecturing and occasionally doing some exercises for practice.
In 2014, and in my book, “The Innovator’s Mindset,” I wrote about the notion of “school vs. learning,” and it was summarized in the image below by Sylvia Duckworth: