Within a week, the results astounded me. Creative people often direct their nurturing energy towards ideas rather than relationships, and may be viewed as aloof, arrogant, competitive, hostile, independent or unfriendly.
Why did Beethoven write an ode to joy if he was so grumpy? There are places for all teachers to add creative elements to their school days. I also tell students that they cannot do the same project type over and over again.
This freedom of expression gives them a sense of goodness and happiness. A great way to set the tone is by starting the year with some fun team-building exercises. Encouraging productive discussions as well as making the classroom layout more flexible all matters a lot in gearing up a creative classroom atmosphere.
Treat lesson planning as the creative exercise it is. However, they suggest an adaptive value to the mixed signals teachers send about creativity.
Perhaps that originality could be channeled in other ways? In a knowledge economy where rote tasks are can be completed by machines, and almost all information is available with one click, students need to be ready to learn independently, and constantly adapt, innovate, and creatively problem-solve in the workplace.