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Ashley LS

North Oldham High School

I was once in a professional development for literacy educators that included the following spoken word poem as an opening prompt for discussion. I've used it pretty much every year in class since then. My students always react positively, and I often use it in conjunction with Sir Ken Robinson's, "Schools Kill Creativity" to prompt discussions in class about the need for and problems with current educational paradigms. Every time I watch it, I reflect on that topic myself. As a creative writer and thinker, I think using more poetry, drama, and art presented through technology is a valuable and under-used method for starting conversations amongst and inspiring teachers.


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Val B Community Guide

Seminole County

Hi! Your last sentence really stood out to me. I also think the world could benefit from more of the arts. What specific elements of "poetry, drama, and art presented through technology" may start conversations and inspire teachers?

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Ashley LS

North Oldham High School

What I often find is that there are misconceptions about creativity. Often students, and even teachers, think, "Well I can't draw, so I'm not creative." But creativity is really about connecting the dots between different ideas to come up with new ideas. I think there is power in teachers in all disciplines using drama or art to revive their lessons because they and students could begin thinking in new ways about the content. I really recommend a book called, "Outrageous Teaching" by Dave Burgess. I think it would be a really fun resource to record teachers teaching "outrageous lessons" that incorporate outside the box elements into everyday content.

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Lisa H Community Guide

Palmyra Area School District

Yes, yes, yes. A thousand times - Yes! I love this. I completely agree that creativity is often misunderstood and lack of creativity is often used as an excuse to disengage from the arts or those outrageous lessons. Have you ever shared your ideas with your colleagues - either formally or informally?

Over 3 Years Ago

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Ashley LS

North Oldham High School

I definitely have shared outrageous ideas informally in PLC meetings or planning sessions. A colleague at my old school gave me that book, and she and I planned several outrageous lessons together. It was a blast, and the kids loved it. I've since shared the book with many people and collaborated with several others on outrageous lessons since then. It's really just in the heat of planning when it comes up, but it always drives really cool discussions afterward.

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Kip H Community Guide

Oldham County High School, ECET2; ECET2KY; Hope Street Group

Hi Ashley, welcome to the RDC! Videos to inspire is so important and there has definitely been discussion in the RDC about this topic. Check out what Rene shared about using outside content videos to spark discussion with colleagues. I love both of your experiences!

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Lisa H Community Guide

Palmyra Area School District

Ashley - definitely check out Rene's ideas. You might find some spaces for collaboration.

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