As we head into Module Three of our PME 811 course, I continue to focus on my burning question of:
How do we keep our teaching innovative and creative? How do stay relevant and create programming that follows curriculum, teaches students the necessary skills and engages them with the material?
In the latter part of this week, I was inspired by the words of my classmate, Muna:
“Very interesting topic, and your question gave me a quick flash back on my own experience as a student. Your concern is very well understood and felt! But I think that you are going to find the answer, because I believe that the first step of solving a problem is admitting and accepting that there is one. So, you are on the right track!”
She also shared a wonderful link that I wanted to share with the online community: https://canva.com/learn/19-ideas-to-promote-more-creativity-in-your-classroom/
What I appreciated most about Muna’s post was her comment that the first step of solving a problem is admitting and accepting that there is one. I think it is so easy in education (and in life) to just have the attitude of “it is what it is” and going on living exactly as things are… but where’s the excitement in education (and in life) without a bit of variety, change and development?
I think of myself as an educator, teaching the same topic year after year. I realize that in my field of communications, marketing and public relations, that there will always be dramatic shifts/changes/developments, but still, many of the concepts will remain similar year after year. How do I, as an educator, stay current and relevant, but interesting as well?
Personally, I think the key could be to have FUN with education.
Collaborate with community partners, coworkers, students and more to have FUN with the material that needs to be/should be part of the curriculum. Develop lesson plans and projects where the learning isn’t just one way, but I can learn from the students as well. Jumping back to the professor I mentioned in last weeks’ blog, he continually is redeveloping his content through collaboration with his students – and I think it is another one of the reasons why he is so relatable and interesting! People want to work with him, because he wants to work with people.
Those are my thoughts for this week… Looking forward to diving into everyone’s final definitions a bit more. 🙂