it has been really interesting for me to read about your doubts and solutions. In the end I thought: if we all find similar problems in our classes although we all have similar dreams about creativity, maybe that means that we are in a phase of world wide transition for education. Isn’t it interesting?
Therefore I, too, would like to share with you an experience I had.
I had asked one of my classes to prepare a talk for a meeting about CLIL (content and language integrated learning) in which they had to describe some activities they still had to plan for that special module. They were excited at first: freedom, finally!
Yet, freedom costs in terms of responsibility and soon they were longing for directions. So I gave them some, and then some more, and then some more. Till I realized I was doing all the job and started blaming myself for I was failing to teach them independence.
Then I had a stupid idea which turned out to be the solution: I gave function names to the teams in which I had grouped my students. Now, quite magically, the Researchers, the Reporters, the Statisticians, the Designers and the Conductors knew what they had to do and I could finally watch them work and smile.
What I learned in that occasion is that I cannot teach students how to make a project. Maybe I lack the necessary skills (though LCL makes me suspect that nobody can). What I can do is help them believe they are somebody with a role and when they play this role game they imagine what their student role doesn’t allow them to imagine. Funny, isn’t it?