Creative Curriculum

7 days, 7 ways to be more creative is a short and sweet article on unlocking your creative self. Many think that being an artist; I have a bountiful well of creativity. But like everyone I get blocked, sometimes for weeks at a time! I am positive this will happen during my career as a teacher as well.

I never thought I could completely relate my painterly self to my teacher self, but now see the fluid connection: creativity. Teachers need creativity when dealing with students, co-workers and the most of all, curriculum.

“Curriculum is more than pieces of information, more than subject matter, more even than the disciplines…with each person and each situation …takes on different shadings and meanings” (William Ayers on curriculum from To Teach)

To look at curriculum in different spectrums and to unlock their various meanings, we must think creatively. Thinking more abstractly, will not only help us tackle the curriculum but help us teach it in a way so our students are engaged and inspired.  7 days, 7 ways to be more creative gives a great week long guide to sharpen your creative edge. My favorite quote from the article is about believing in yourself as a creative soul,

“Believe in yourself. Many people say they aren’t creative but a little self-affirmation goes a long way. If you want to be more creative, start believing you have the capacity to be creative in the first place”

I challenge all educators to feed their dormant artist, poet, or playwright by following this week long creative challenge. This is something that will not only unlock your creative soul (that has been within you all along) or reinvigorate inspiration within you, but make you look at the curriculum critically, and prompt you to teach it creativity. The end result can only be one of positive experiences between you and your students. I am taking this week to re-invigorate my painterly musings, below is the end result of today’s “aha” moment

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4 thoughts on “Creative Curriculum

  1. This reminds me of NaNoWrimo. It’s an ambitious month-long novelling project, but boy do you write! (1 sec brag, I’ve ‘won’ 4 times…that’s 50k words in 30days!) They have a Script Frenzy too in the spring, and do online writing camps and encourage young writers as well. If I get into middle school, I’m going to challenge some kids.

    I like the idea and outline that article you mention presents. I wonder if it’s something that could be organized as a community of creative rebirthers online…hmm.

  2. I was really inspired by your post! I often feel like I need to get into the creative mood, but I feel like I have lost my creative edge. I am one of the people who needs to start believing in my creative capacity again. It is important for people, especially teachers to take a step back and remember to engage this creative side. When we tap into our creative abilities we can begin to develop exciting activities for our students. Also taking the time to dedicate to our own personal development will help keep us sane. This would be a good challenge to present to the cohort while on break. Participating in a creative challenge would be an energizing activity for everyone!

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