Goal 21: Encouraging Creativity in the Classroom #30Goals

Goal 21 of The 30 Goals Challenge 2011

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”~ Scott Adams

Goal

Short-term– Have a lesson where your students are allowed and encouraged to explore several options and discuss which one was a success and which not so successful.

Long-term– Support an art, music, or drama, or other creative program in your school. If the school is lacking a program then help students create an event/club that supports creativity. For example, in my church we hosted monthly open mic shows and served coffee and snacks to raise money.

My Creative Dabbles! What are yours?

My Machinima of an Art Exhibit in Second Life

Find some of my poetry and stories at my blog, Spotted Minds.

**NOTE

Due to traveling, I am behind on posting the podcasts. I will try to get the podcasts up soon!

Challenge:
Support creativity in your schools.

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell), Facebook.com/ShellyTerrell, and on her blog, TeacherRebootCamp.com, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at https://www.slideshare.net/ShellTerrell/presentations

One comment

  1. I have become a big fan of creativity in my classroom and try as hard as I can to encourage it in my students on a daily basis. I was shown Sir Ken Robinson’s TED talk about schools killing creativity and was truly inspired to do something about it. I am not always sure that my students appreciate my efforts, because I think they have been “educated” in a world where they are “told” the only thing that matters is the right answer and there is only one of those. If we are truly concerned with educating the whole child, then we need to make sure that the whole child is being educated, not just the part that gives the right answer.

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