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


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.


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Support creativity in your schools.

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell is a teacher trainer, instructional designer, adjunct professor, and the author of The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers: Small Steps to Transform Your Teaching and Learning to Go: Lesson Ideas for Teaching with Mobile Devices, Cell Phones and BYOT. She has been recognized by the ELTon Awards, The New York Times, the Ministry of Education in Spain, and Microsoft’s Heroes for Education as an innovator in the movement of teacher-driven professional development and education technology. Recently, she was named Woman of the Year 2014 by Star Jone’s National Association of Professional Women and awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, the Twitter chat that spurred over 400 teacher chats. She has trained teachers and taught learners in over 25 countries and has consulted with organizations worldwide such as UNESCO Bangkok, The European Union aPLaNet Project, Cultura Iglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, and VenTESOL. She shares regularly via TeacherRebootCamp.com, Twitter (@ShellTerrell), and Facebook.com/shellyterrell. Her greatest joy is being the mother of Rosco the pug.

1 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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