I’ve been thinking about posting this topic for a couple of days now, so here it is:
Say you’re a teacher in a traditionally constrained post: for example, a K12 math teacher who has the legal (& cultural) pressure that his/her students MUST KNOW… don’t know, greatest common divisor or addition of fractions by the end of the term.
Can you get Creative Learning into that context?! And, if that’s the case, how can you do so?!
Math here is just an example, of course. There’s a major difference betweeen being a facilitator in an afterschool setting and a teacher in a traditional, curriculum-based, standard-based position from whom educational authorities, school administrators, and maybe even fellow teachers, parents… expect very specific things. To be in that position and to believe that a more organic (so chaotic!), passion-driven approach should be taken is kind of painful (I know a couple of people in that situation…).
So how can we handle this? What strategies can be used to satisfy both needs at the same time, or to get some compromise between the two? Have you had any experiences in this sense? I’d love to hear your thoughts!