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Does the Common Core Stifle Creativity in Today's Classrooms?
My colleague and I were having a discussion about creativity in today’s classrooms. With the implementation of the Common Core Standards, we see more teachers using the curricula modules and steering away from engaging, teacher-created lessons personalized to meet their students’ needs. We are reaching out on TED to get more insight from other professionals on this problem.
In Stephanie's opinion the modules are helpful to support the Common Core Standards, but do not leave much room for teachers to create their own engaging lessons. From what I have seen and heard, teachers have been advised to implement these modules in their classrooms as is, without alteration. Teachers are losing their creative, personal philosophies and instead are reciting scripted lessons to their students.
However, I think that these curricular modules are important to follow because they align directly with the standards. The modules lead to creative thinkers, and in the educational world, isn’t that more important than lessons involving “creative” presentations. If teachers are effective, they will not lose sight of the ultimate goal, which is to engage students through creative means in order to motivate students to think critically and creatively. She thinks that teachers should not blame the format of the modules for their lack of creativity
For all you educators out there: What do you think?