I think that allowing creativity in the classroom can get tricky because in today’s world allowing creativity sometimes means allowing technology. I think sometimes it can be difficult to allow technology because it’s still something that’s relatively new and sometimes people don’t fully understand it or they assume the worst of allowing creativity in the classroom. Technology has a bigger presence in schools now than ever before and I think it’s important for teachers to embrace that so they can help students reach their full potential.
But back to creativity. I believe that young people are inherently creative people. I also believe that they need to be allowed to demonstrate their creativity in the best way for them. I’ve always loved writing and “crafty” projects – posters, scrapbooks, etc. I think that if I was a student in high school today I’d love the projects like create a Tumblr for a show character or creative a Facebook profile to use as a timeline.
Not everyone is creative in those ways though. Some students are more technologically creative and innovative than I could ever imagine being. Some channel their creativity into music. Or dance. Or acting. Or fashion. Students need to be given the opportunity to learn how they best express themselves. We as educators need to do our best to give them the opportunities to do so.
I want to allow creativity in my classroom as much and as often as possible. I want my students to discover what makes them tick, how they can best express themselves. I want to embrace technology because it’s a great tool to have in my toolbox.