The “Eureka!” moment is one we all seem to strive and work for. Yet, at the same time there is an expectation that only a few, select of us have the capability, ability or rather the creativity to be able to reach it. That is creativity is something that “[is] granted to only a few individuals whom the gods favored” (David Burkus). However, recently, there has been a change to this particular mindset. Suddenly, creativity is not something restricted to a certain group of individuals but rather something that everyone has. It has become something that has the capability to manifest within people in different forms and, more importantly, it has been “recast as a prized and teachable skill” (Laura Pappano). With the right teachings and direction even the most seemingly “uncreative” person can become considered “creative”. The change in how people view creativity to something that can be taught has meant that it has also evolved into a “credential” (Laura Pappano). Creativity is something that one can put on a certificate and claim that they are “creative”. While it is true that being taught how to be creative has taught many people new skills and allowed them to think in ways that they may not have considered otherwise, it also raises the issue of whether the way of creative is being standardized. In other words, by creating a structured method on how to be creative, in an effort to spread creativity, do we risk limiting creativity, as other methods of being
What is English?
Eagleton (1983) argues that English as a taught subject developed as a means of assuaging the working-class and sustaining social hierarchy at a time when the dictates of religion which had previously ensured working-class citizens’ compliance began to lose credibility. Elaborating, Eagleton suggests that English provided the working class with a sense that they were receiving a “common share of the immaterial” (Eagleton, 1983: 18), thereby subverting their potential…
Absence of Creativity in Education
Something seems to be missing from the education in America. K-12 education sets the stage for higher education and what students will go on to do for the rest of their lives. The education scale of math, reading and science is holding teachers and students back from exercising the full potential of America’s future. Combining creativity into all aspects of education, as well as changing America’s view of standardized testing…
All around the United States, standardized test is being used to test students reading and writing progress. The students’ knowledge and the quality of the teacher is determined by the test results. The standardized test is a state-wide test that is to be completed at the end of each school year. In each state the test has a different name. For example, in Virginia, the test is called Standards of Learning (SOL), as for Texas, their test is called Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS).…
November 12, 2014
Journey of a Life Time
Author Robert Frost paints wonderful pictures in your mind as he writes. Frost is a credited American poet. One of the poems he wrote was, “The Road Not Taken” his purpose is to evoke the memory of life changing choices. He tells us a story about a man who was finding a hard time in making a choice—A choice that would affect his life in the present and future. Frost’s poem is effective in using…
Creativity in the curriculum
A school with creativity at the heart of the learning process will benefit by increasing the motivation of staff and pupils, says former head, Dave Weston. In this article and case study, he shows the way to more imaginative approaches to curriculum planning
‘Creativity is the defeat of habit by originality’ Arthur Koestler
Many school leaders and teachers realise that is now time to take more control over the curriculum and to include a greater emphasis on creativity…
Learning about English grammar pattern is a dimension that would be mean for achievement. Analysis a writing style can help us discovering the language to express what we read.
Three Secrets to Academic Success was written by Elana Peled, Ed.D. She is the founder of Academic Success for All. She started writing to help people who struggle to achieve academic success. This book reveals the powerful secrets that underlie academic success. The second secret is the learning creativity. It is about that…
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I have learned from observing my peers and experienced teachers how important it is to use a variety of teaching methods and styles. Within the same lesson I have witnessed teachers organising their students so that they worked alone, in pairs, in pods, and in teams. The students were encouraged to move around the classroom, doing exercises pinned to the wall, and to…
Mitchell James Paddock
2 September 2014
My Feelings Towards Reading and Writing
“Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.”- Joyce Carol Oates.
For many people, this quote is an accurate description of their opinion on reading and writing. For many others, this quote is merely the opposite. Many people believe that the enjoyment of reading and writing is something genetic. You…
Mrs. Stephanie Wood
9 October 2013
Improving Educational Achievement
Standardized testing is meant to evaluate how well students are learning in their schools, and how well their schools are preparing them for graduation and careers after high school, but without the right kinds of tests, and a thorough understanding of their proper uses, we may do more harm than good to public education in America.Some students have test anxiety, some have certain learning disabilities…
automated essay graders (AES). The programs can be of great assistance for teachers with their work load, the programs are designed for quicker responses, which allow students to receive instant feedback and eliminates any type of bias. However, there is some controversy about the programs. College English Instructors should not be allowed to use them, because programs malfunction, cause a subsiding downfall of student teacher interaction, and mostly affecting the art of writing.
The first reason is…