In my last blog post, I cited research pointing out that teachers and bosses dislike creativity. Below is a graphic taken from an article (linked below). "Non-teacher creativity experts say that teachers don’t support creativity and teachers say they do. Who is right?" It seems that it may not be so much a dislike of creativity but perhaps a mis-identification of what creativity is, or at the very least, disagreement over what creativity is. Do teachers know creativity when they see it?
"In particular, the teachers’ model does include some of the expected creativity characteristics. The other characteristics in the teachers’ model would normally be associated more with acceptance, or “fitting-in” than with creativity. There is also a hint of good teamwork. Similarly, the least typical characteristics in the teachers’ model which are misplaced (in the opinion of the experts) are those which are likely to cause friction between a pupil and his or her peers or between a pupil and the teacher. In essence, the results suggest that, in an organised situation, there is a conflict between creative behaviour and acceptable behavior."
This is an interesting discrepancy that has many implications for creative teaching and teaching for creativity.
I'll mostly be blogging about my experience teaching pre-service teachers about creativity and artmaking. I teach a class called Art Curriculum & Concepts for Teachers for undergrads planning on becoming classroom teachers. Among other things, I'm attempting to "Go Gradeless" while experimenting with more effective approaches to teaching visual art integration.