5 Habits of Highly Creative Teachers – Part 5

5- The Reflection Corner

by Maureen Maher

To end this post serie on Habits of Higly Creative Teacher, let’s talk about self reflection on our teaching practice. Do you want to experience what other professionals are saying about reflection?  As an educator and life-long learner, we know how commited you are to your profession as well as to improving your craft.  Fortunately, you’re surrounded by great people who are willing to share their experiences, and to nudge us along in this journey.  These articles and video clips might help to stretch your thinking:

 

In a profession as challenging as teaching, honest self-reflection is key. That means that we must regularly examine what has worked and what hasn’t in the classroom, despite how painful it can sometimes be to look in the mirror. (…) One of the best things about teaching is that every school year offers a fresh start. Make the most of this new beginning – any time of year! – and move ahead with the confidence that you are mindful and motivated to be the best teacher you can be! What else do you contemplate at the start of a new school year? How do you make sure to keep evolving and progressing as an educator? – 

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5 Habits of Highly Creative Teachers – Part 2

After creating your curiosity cabinet, getting us to be more curious is going to have a huge payoff, so let’s take a look to habit no.2: The Remix Culture.

2- Remix Culture

by Cathleen Nardy
Now that you’ve engaged your Curious Brain, we are moving on to Remix.

Have you ever noticed someone copying someone else’s work, adding some bells and whistles and then calling it their own?  Well, that folks is the building block of remixing.   Remixing is creating content using three techniques: Copy, Transform, Combine.  We actually do it quite a bit — and a lot of the time we do it subconsciously.  We don’t realize the influences that have factored into our point of view or creative expression. Everything we create has been influenced by something.  And, one of the perks of technology is that it has given us powerful tools to communicate, collaborate, and co-create.  Technology has the power to amplify the creation process and amplify the remix as well.

Practicing the habit of remixing is really about embracing a new form of learning and finding your creative voice.  It allows us to form powerful connections with other people and to engage in social learning.
The Remix Culture (3.53 min)

Sometimes the best way to understand is by simply doing!  So slap on some fearlessness and playfulness because our first remix is a “Literary cut-up”. Engaging in this activity is going to reveal aspects of your creative potential that you may be unaware of.  We think it is important to use activities such as this to express your creativity. We are expecting the self-amazement factor to be off the charts!

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This activity require you to practice a growth mindset of experimentation, creative confidence, playfulness, and suspending judgement

Remember, the best way to understand and make remixing a habit is just by doing it. It’s as simple as that! So, let’s get our creative juices flowing and start our week by creating a Literary Cut-up:

Step 1: Take a favorite poem (or song)

Step 2: Think about  how long you want to make the remixed version

Step 3: Take some scissors.

Step 4: Cut-up the original work into separate lines. Put them all in a bag.

Step 5: Shake gently.

Step 6: Next take out each cutting one after the other.

Step 7: Copy conscientiously in the order in which they left the bag.

Step 8: Share the final version.  Embellishment and rule breaking is optional and will not be penalized because we understand that there are rebels in the group!

What does the poem show about you?  How does it reveal your personal expression? How did it make you feel?

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