Sharon Green

teacher - Independent Studies
Carpinteria, CA, United States

About Sharon

Languages

English

Areas of Expertise

Theatre - Acting, Directing, Design, Learning differences, Playwrighting, Hands on learning , city as classroom , Story Structure

Comments & conversations

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Sharon Green
Posted about 2 years ago
Do artistic/creative individuals' make better teachers?
At the present, the national consciousness seems to be dominated by "quick - feelgood" anwsers to complicated longterm issues. As long as national policy in public settings is dominated by simplistic expectations, we will not fix this or other problems. However, I think that the media owes America a lot of "good" press for longterm solutions. If the only place an adult can learn about longterm planning and complex solution implimentation is on PBS & Discovery Channel, then we will only be preaching to the choir. How about the corporate giants organizing some "thinktank" style competitions about "big changes". Not only to "see proposals for solutions" but to pilot and impliment them as well. Corporate World-Wides pay a lot of money for this kind of research, however, it could be practically free "comparatively speaking" if schools and educational institutions were the competitors in these competitions. Creative thinking is often "out side the box", "futuristic predictions" are not just for SciFi fiction writng, and methods of working in the most creative of businesses is the antithesis of the factory model. Students are building robots in competition, but not getting the same press coverage as a football team. Students are asking complex questions about the world economy, political hot spots, and 3rd world assistance. I think that they could find very interesting and marketable answers to a lot of things . . . if the platform for creative education were to take a turn toward problem solving and away from memorization and testing.
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Sharon Green
Posted about 2 years ago
Do artistic/creative individuals' make better teachers?
The question is "better for whom"? Yes Creative Teachers are best for right-brained creative students. We are full of teaching practices that use hands-on activities, imagination, problem solving, and of course interactive / cooperative approaches. We are not always better for left-brained analytical types, who usually excell in the old "factory" methods that have dominated the schools for the last 150 years. We are often not tolerated by administrative personal in schools, who almost universally are left-brained analyticals. If it's possible to create a school environment that is balanced between right and left brain activities, an environment in which both types of thinkers are leaders as well as followers, and an environment where research is done longterm about who succeeds post high school in life / not just college, then a real case can be made for creative methods of delivery, research, and most importantly creative assessments for students to make as a measure of their understanding and achievement.