Western Michigan University

ED 430: Creativity in the Classroom

Allison Downey


Downey, ED 430
Spring,  2004

Creativity Journal (15%)

Objective: If we want to be creative teachers, we need to be creative beings. The journal is meant to be a chance to develop and stretch your creativity to impact your personal growth and your future teaching. It will hold your drawings, writings, and creative musings. Journal entries are based on Kent and Steward’s Learning By Heart: Teachings to Free the Creative Spirit. Your journal entries will serve as the basis for creating your final creative product, so be make sure to respond thoroughly to the considerations below.

Assignment:

Due Dates: (Readings from Learning By Heart )

Wed Jan. 21st  – Read: “Beginning” &  “Looking”, 1 activity & reflections
Mon Jan. 26th -  Read “Sources” & “Structures”, 1 activity & reflections
Wed. Jan. 28th – Read “Work & Play”, reflection, NO activities
Mon. Feb. 2nd -  Read “Connect and Create” & “Tools & Techniques”, 1 activity, & reflections
Wed. Feb. 4th -  Read “Celebration” & reflection, NO activities
Mon Feb. 9th – Creative Product & Creativity Journals Due

Evaluation and feedback will be based on:

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Activities

Full completion of creative activities. Selection of activities that most challenge you.

Full completion of creative activities.

Completion of creative activities.

Reflection

Thorough, critical, thoughtful reflections on each of the Learning By Heart chapters and the activity process; the connections between your Learning By Heart activities, additional readings and the k-8 Classroom; and upon the connection between your own creative expressions and how they might impact you and your teaching. A true grappling with the readings and your experiences

Good reflections on each of the activities and chapters in Learning By Heart. Some reference to connections between readings, activities, and your creative process.

Minimal reflections on each of the activities and chapters in Learning By Heart. No deep grappling with the readings or your experiences.

Personal Touch/ Effort

Full commitment to your creative process and to your growth. (Risk Taking) Extra entries in your journal and extra effort in the activities beyond what is required. 

Good commitment to your creative process and to your growth. (Risk Taking)

Some commitment to your creative process and to your growth. (Risk Taking). Little extra effort.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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