We live in a world full of binaries. Where there is fear, there is also courage. Where there is doubt, there is also hope. And where there are problems, there are also solutions. As we navigate this brand new landscape as an educational community and respond to our students’ needs during the COVID-19 pandemic, I encourage you to remember that we as a community, nation, and world will emerge from this event stronger than before.
As educators, we will become more resourceful than ever. And, as always, we will operate with the best interests of our students in mind. Today’s episode, though recorded weeks before this global crisis, is actually perfect for today. Its focus gets at the heart of teaching–being creative, adapting, and opening our minds to solutions that we didn’t at first imagine possible.
Today’s guest, David Rickert, shares his expertise regarding incorporating creativity in the classroom. With over twenty years of educational experience, he has a wealth of knowledge to share. In this episode, David offers simple mindset shifts that will help you approach standards, assessments, and daily lesson plans creatively.
Fortunately, so much of what David shares today is perfectly adaptable to online learning, which is necessary for most of us at the moment. As you listen in, allow yourself to remain open to creativity–for your and your students’ benefit–during this stressful time.
We will get through this, together.
You can find more from David on his blog or on Social Media.
Today you will hear:
- [04:10] David’s background as an educator
- [08:45] Why harnessing creativity in the classroom should be a priority
- [13:30] How to bring creativity into the classroom while maintaining rigor and teaching to standards
- [16:30] Simple ways to incorporate creativity that will relax students
- [18:05] A science-backed creative note-taking method
- [23:35] Why it’s important to allow students to design their own assessments
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