Inspiring Creativity: Think Outside the Bowl

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So what’s going on?

With the resurgence of testing nationwide, many teachers report that they have to “cover the curriculum” rather than “uncover the curriculum.” With the Common Core Curriculum, parents express feeling exhausted from helping their children with increased homework to meet test expectations. Teachers are pushing to cover as much of the content necessary for their students to pass the state level exams, sometimes given only 70% into the school year.

So, it is not surprising that teachers see a change in their own teaching, moving away from more discovery learning and project-based learning and towards coverage and drill. Teachers state that they no longer have the time to do all that “fun stuff,” and aren’t happy giving up many of the projects they love to offer.

And yet, many states are adopting Charlotte Danielson’s Framework. Her rubric encourages student discussion and ownership of their work. The rubric encourages higher level question posing and negotiating of rubrics and assessment. As both these philosophies play out simultaneously, we will undoubtedly see a modification of expectations in the future.

Take action NOW!

As many of you know, I run Synergy Westchester, an advocacy group for gifted and talented education and The Interactive Classroom, an organization that offers professional development for all classroom types. Not only do we lobby for the rights of academically gifted children, but we advocate for those creative kids who are academically average. We encourage teachers and schools to provide environments that encourage creative talent in all children. We push for discovery learning, problem solving, discussions, the performing/ visual arts, and the creative process where students have a voice in their own learning.

Sometimes, taking action can be as simple as posting an image that will remind us of our mission as parents and as teachers. That image can be as simple as a window decal for a white board or for the rear view window of a car. The image can be a sticker placed on a notebook. So, join me in spreading the word: Inspiring Creativity to think outside the bowl:

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Andi Stix is an educational consultant & coach who specializes in differentiation, interactive learning, writing across the curriculum, classroom coaching and gifted education. For further information on her specialties or social media, please email her on the Contact page.


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4 Responses to Inspiring Creativity: Think Outside the Bowl

  1. Clainozon says:

    As a parent, I’m very worried about the lack of projects that I’m seeing, when comparing my oldest who is in high school to my youngest in elementary school. The environment has indeed changed. So sad. Thank you for your efforts.

  2. Guild says:

    Keep working ,fantastic job!

  3. Dre says:

    Wonderful site. Plenty of helpful info here. Iˇm sending it to some friends and will also share on Delicious. And certainly, thank you for your sweat!

  4. Donald Abbott says:

    I agree with you that creativity and the environment to nurture creative talent is at risk. The more people who work hard to bring this to attention, the better. Thanks, Andi!

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