I had a feeling I knew. I wanted to observe what the students were going to produce when challenged to be creative.
The products were one or the other.
A poster or a PowerPoint.
Creativity has gone by the wayside in school to create more time for content. The classroom is more tidy when we give the students a list of directions to complete the project and all end up having the same item. The difference between the products is who followed all the directions better. The things that we have told the students, successfully, is to make are the things that are the easiest to assess.
Doing project-based learning (PBL) this year has allowed for student expression. Their learning being expressed in real and more powerful ways than the ways listed above. It is harder and more of process for a student to make a video about their learning. It is harder and more of process for a student to paint five different art pieces and come up with a solution for how they are going to be displayed on the Showcase Day. It is harder, for the student. It does require students to think about how to demonstrate what they have learned in a way that their learning is not lost. Don't we, as adults, struggle with explaining everything that we have learned and would have benefited from more practice throughout our school days?
I have found that when students are interested and passionate about their learning, expressing their passion in a poster and PowerPoint will not give it justice.
I wanted to provide my students with ideas that would help them start thinking differently and understanding that creating something different will be a risk. I want our students to know that even if they try something new and it fails, they are still in a successful learning cycle. The people that always do what they know will always be where they are currently. Presenting the students the below list taken from Ryan Schaaf allowed for this thinking and tinkering with their products to begin.
I will continue to show this list to my students and encourage them to take more creative risks and learn something new about themselves in their own creations!
100 Things Students Can Create To Demonstrate What They Know by Ryan Schaaf
Fake Social Media Account
Google Earth Tour
Self-Directed Short Video
Show & Tell
Social Media Branding
Mr. Dylan Wince
I am not a writer but I am writing.