The videos were full of great information. Creativity is very hard to teach. Students need to be creative. In a couple of the videos it mentions that students need to fail and learn from their failures. If we let students fail they are actually learning to be creative because they are forced to try something new. Using technology is a way to spark creativity and curiosity.
Here are my thoughts on the videos:
11/6/2017 07:04:32 pm
Math is a lot like computers, there are so many ways to arrive at the same results! That's the exciting part of math to me, as a self-professed creative person. Jo Boaler is a great resource for exploring the creativity of math. I know that asking LOADS of questions can help students consider different possibilities. You can bust a subject open wide and allow for complete freedom or offer very tight parameters that cause a student to have to do some creative problem solving. Both ways are amazing and can be used in many different ways.
11/7/2017 06:27:56 pm
I agree with you, in every speakers comments they talked about room for failure. I wish we as instructors had more room for failure. However, I agree with you, teaching third grade my students are very much the same, they get an idea, right or wrong and they don't let go of it. It was suggested to me also to look at Jo Boaler and Youcubed, it was eyeopening!!! I highly recommend watching some of the videos. They are very good in showing how the correct answer can be achieved in many different ways. However, getting my students to listen to each other is still a challenge.
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