During my first TLC meeting, I put two questions to my group:
1) What is a Creative Teaching risk for you in the classroom?
2) What is a Creative Learning risk for your students in their classroom?
As teachers we were easily able to discuss what we thought might be a more creative approach to teaching and how we may perceive particular teaching styles or approaches as a ‘risk’ for ourselves. However, we found it really difficult to
assess what our learners might consider a ‘Creative Learning Risk’.
This discussion really made me think and I have found three really interesting TED talks, which can perhaps help with our exploration of what could be perceived as a Learning Risk for our students. After all, they will be living in (and creating) a future that we are unlikely to live to see.
Firstly, we have Adora Svitak’s What adults can learn from kids:
We then have Sir Ken Robinson’s Schools kill creativity:
And finally, I came across this talk by Dale Dougherty, We are makers:
I am not sure if these helped me in defining what a Creative Learning Risk would be but they have certainly made me evaluate how important it is that I actively encourage my learners to take ‘creative risks’ in their classroom in order to
engage and challenge them more in their learning and prepare them for their, as yet unknown, future.