Apps to foster more creativity in the classroom. Do you remember the article in Newsweek a few years back, The Creativity Crisis? This unsettling article defined creativity and had this quote:
“. . creativity scores had been steadily rising. . .until 1990. Since then, creativity scores have consistently inched downward.”
We know that the jobs of the future will require creativity, as well as collaboration, and critical thinking skills. As school systems continue to spend a third of their time preparing for and administering standardized tests and keeping creativity on the back burner, we are headed for disaster. Yet, schools continue to keep students from thinking outside of the box. They rarely allow students to contribute original ideas or expand on their curiosities or passions. For that matter, this huge emphasis on implementing the Common Core Standards is forcing teachers into hours of unnecessary paper work, which equates to less teaching time. The Danielson Model, which many schools are adopting, is convoluted, redundant, incredibly time consuming and as far from creativity as you can get. If you are not familiar with this model read this:
The Framework for Teaching is a research-based set of components of instruction, grounded in a constructivist view of learning and teaching. The Framework may be used as the foundation of a school or district’s mentoring, coaching, professional development, and teacher evaluation process, thus linking all those activities together and helping teachers become more thoughtful practitioners.
Huh? Howard Gardener was asked, “How do we make people creative”? And he answered that “It’s much easier to prevent it than to make it”. You prevent it by saying that there is only one right answer and by punishing the student if she offers the wrong answer. That never fosters creativity”. We need to be focusing on creative expression by encouraging, and modeling such behaviors. If we know that kids are falling behind other nations with their abilities to “create”, why aren’t we doing something about it? Who will be the next entrepreneurs and the idea-people of the future? What is our role as educators? How do I develop student’s skills as creative thinkers, when I’m teaching to a test and overloaded with pointless paperwork?
Here are some of the best apps available to promote the creative learner in the classroom: