Today a good number of people are going to become instant $$millionaires (on paper) as Facebook has its IPO.How do a few kids sitting in a dorm room create something society didn’t know they needed, and now can’t live without? Sir Ken Robinson’s video explains his theory of how schools crush creativity-- how does this all connect?Here is a version of Robinson’s talk. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U
Put aside the money motivation; and, look at how creativity is really a resource we should be developing, since it’s the creative ideas that create jobs, finds cures, and keeps our economy going.At the SUNY Albany Nanoacale college, creativity is supported by creating teams of divergent thinkers—the chemist with the sociologists.These are actions we can take in our K-12 schools w/o needing new resources. For some it may take changing our way of teaching.Going from presenting content to teaching it and allowing students to learn it before moving on.This is an example of the knowing-doing-gap.We know what works best for students.It is now a matter of doing it.How do we move towards a focus to create dual content classes, implement more interdisciplinary lessons, and provide real world projects that allow students to learn at their pace and go beyond learning to understanding?How can we marry high levels of rigor with relevance through a project or challenge based approach?