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Why is creative teaching a challenge for many teachers? How can we help teachers embrace the notion of creativity in their teaching?

Often times many teachers struggle with producing creative lesson plans. A lot of teachers find it easier to use old lesson plans that have worked in the past, rather than creating a new lesson. Each year the students change and each year their learning styles change. A lesson that might have worked for one year, may not work for the next group of students. Creative teaching will allow for student motivation and increased student engagement. How can we help teachers embrace the notion of creativity in their teaching? and why is creative teaching a challenge for many teachers?

  • May 8 2014: There are some creative teachers and there are some who struggle. Regardless, they teach within a factory that emphasizes Uniformity, Conformity, and continual deference to external authority........There is quite little creativity going on regardless of how dynamic the teacher is.....regardless of how they compare their own creativity to the creativity of other teachers. A factory is a factory is a factory. Conformity is Conformity.
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    May 7 2014: I don’t know HOW, but I fully support changing the industrial-age classroom style.

    AI: Lectures move from the classrooms to interactive MOOCs, and teacher classrooms become interactive labs focusing on using, discussing and enhancing knowledge from the MOOCs.

    I have heard from grad-school teacher, that she is have more and more (as she put it “know-it-all” students) that she can’t control/manage. Sadly some teachers simply don’t have the skills needed for a needed new style of teaching, and I feel for them but for the students benefit they need to step aside.

    I’m thinking what will drive the change in education will not be the experience teachers or board-members, but instead the up and coming new teachers and students.

    I look forward to hearing any ideas that may help education to evolve. :)
    • May 7 2014: Thanks for replying. I think that many teachers who have been in the classroom for years lack the motivation to create new and creative lessons because they tend to stick to the ways that have worked in the past. I don’t necessarily think that these teachers need to create completely new lessons each year, but I think they should modify them and try to make them more interesting and creative. I agree that new teachers have a lot of great experience and knowledge between college courses, student teaching, and their knowledge of the new common core standards. In what ways do you think that new teachers will drive the change in education and make lessons more creative? And what can we do to change the ways of the “older” teachers?
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        May 7 2014: I foresee teaching getting split into two functions. Those with a high lecture skill will be creating MOOCs, and those skilled in communication and live teaching skills will be in the classroom/labs.

        The advantages for MOOCs lectures is that they could update/redo a lesson in a class if there is new information on the subject or feedback from students shows it needs work.
        So instead of giving the complete set of lectures year after year, they could be improving the same set year after year. Plus the classes/MOOCs could be used long after they retire.

        The advantages for the direct in-person teachers would be more time helping students and less to time lecturing them.

        Imagine a student takes an Irish history MOOC from an Irish teacher, and then the lesion is enhanced by the student’s local school teacher in the classroom. (And I should add the in classroom teacher has taken the Irish teacher’s teaching-guide to the lesion, and has the option to use it or not based on her judgement)

        A big step that is needed is for cities to create MOOC studios, with experts in lighting, sound, computer graphics, editing, and etc.

        Also there needs to be international MOOC/class system, so every kid in the world can take the same classes.