Teaching As Hammering With Paintbrushes
by Terry Heick
Okay, so quick 100 words on teaching and creativity.
Schools are made of classrooms, classrooms of students.
Students are people, and people seek to solve problems important to them. Schools, then, are think-tanks–gathering places for resources and information in order to creatively solve problems.
Without students at the center of the learning experience, learning is passive, which mutes creativity–or at least fails to necessitate it.
Students demonstrate extraordinary resourcefulness when scarcity meets need. In failing to allow students to solve problems, we reduce learning to its crudest form–institutional compliance. We force naturally creative students into decidedly non-creative roles.
Lesson? Don’t hammer with a paintbrush.
Image attribution flickr user bengrey