51 minutes | Sep 28th 2019

How Do You Teach Creativity?

A conversation on Facebook with my friend Jake led me to ponder the nature of teaching kids how to do creative work. Jake Ritter is a broadcast journalism teacher and John Mulvany is an artist and art teacher of 26 years.

In this episode we chat about:

  • what the schools of thought when it comes to teaching creativity are
  • what the most challenging aspects of teaching creativity are
  • how to help kids who just don't know where to start
  • how to structure creative assignments
  • the balance between teaching skills and opening up opportunities to be creative
  • how to balance giving students creative freedom and wanting to give them guidance
  • how to structure collaborative creative projects
  • meeting deadlines vs. feeling creatively satisfied
  • how to structure self and peer assessments
  • how to assess a creative project as teachers

Plus you'll hear audio from both Jake's and John's classroom in how they support their students.

The original video I posted on Facebook that sparked this conversation was titled '5 Biggest Mistakes I've Made As A Teacher' and you can watch that HERE.

Just for fun, here is the final product for 'The Bachelor' piece the students did

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