Take a few minutes and think about YOUR most creative educational experience. Perhaps it was a high school photography class where your final project encapsulated the skills you were learning with whatever you could dream up in your mind. Or maybe it was a middle school English class where the teacher challenged you to be a better writer through her humor, playfulness, and ability to model mistakes. What were some of the key characteristics of YOUR experience?
We asked seventy-five people to tell us about their most creative educational experience, and when we turned this into a word cloud, this is what we found:
“My first creative experience was in third grade. My teacher, Ms. Smith, taught us about Apartheid in South Africa and Nelson Mandela’s contribution to eradicating hate, violence, and racism in South Africa. Within a week or two of learning about this, Nelson Mandela was freed after being imprisoned for 27 years. All of us were excited about his freedom and received permission from the school to do a play/performance about his life. Our class wrote and performed a skit, choreographed a dance performance, decorated the stage/scene, and read poetry. Ms. Smith used all of our creative strengths in meaningful ways and allowed us to use our creativity to educate our peers. Ms. Smith is still my favorite teacher and a good friend of mine. We grew up in an impoverished and high crime community where most of us had never been exposed to anything outside of our neighborhood. Ms. Smith was the teacher who took risks and pushed us to be our best creative selves”.