Such a creative iron man [Clarke] is both an inspiration and an embarrassment to most of us. I wonder how many of us will keep up and keep ahead as we get up into our 60s and 70s. Or will we succumb to creativity fatigue, watching timidly while our students (and our students’ students) pass through paradigm shifts that we today cannot imagine? In twenty years, will we still be twittering at SecondLife seminars, left behind in the dust while whole other new minds commune within other new virtual worlds?
How many teachers and students today suffer from “creativity fatigue?” That entire concept is very compelling for me. I suspect the answer is many. We all know teachers who seem to have stopped learning themselves, and seem to have lost (or in some cases never had) a real passion for learning and sharing that passion with others. Of course, generally we are fortunate to know other teachers at the opposite end of the spectrum, who seem to naturally exude an excitement and love of learning which is positively contagious. These are the learning leaders with whom students love to spend time, and who generally become the most powerful adult influencers on young minds in our classrooms.
Wouldn’t it be fantastic if your school district launched a campaign to actively combat “creativity fatigue” for both teachers as well as students? What would a campaign against creativity fatigue look like? How would that battle be waged? What guest speakers, what classroom activities, what book studies would be welcomed in such a campaign?
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On this day..
- Opera Mini Browser Coming to the iPhone / iPod Touch? - 2010
- Gotta Keep Reading - A YouTube Remix of the Black Eyed Peas by Florida Students - 2010
- Homegrown YouTube Options - 2010
- Considering how race still matters in America for dropouts and student identity - 2009
- The Value of OpenDNS (free) content filtering at home - 2008
- Flat world 1:1 learning - 2007
- Google Mars and 3D earth - 2006
- Stats on Kids and New Media - 2006
- International perspectives on teaching and learning in an information society - 2006
- Active Learning: Creating Excitement in the Classroom by Dr Charles Bonwell - 2005