Inventing the Humanities

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

my proposal

i still have not finalized my proposal but i do believe i want to discuss the issue of how teachers have to teach and student have to learn the material. how each day needs to follow a particular structure. this does not allow freedom for creativity. in my manifesto i would like to state the problem and ways to fix it. iwould use one of the sort readings from last week and outside sources


At 6:35 PM, Blogger Nieves Moy said...

I am very interested to read your manifesto and to hear about your plans to inject creativity into our classrooms. As Marjorie says, the first step is to close your classroom door. Let the kids give you some ideas on what and how they want to learn. You'd be surprised at their responses - most kids do want to learn in school. Keep in mind that you are not the only one being stifled by administration!

At 7:15 AM, Blogger kcurtin said...

I look forward to working with you in group. I think our ideas for the manifesto are very similar and I would love to hear some of your thoughts.

At 1:18 PM, Blogger Barbara Buran said...

I think this is an issue many good teachers struggle with and you can certainly say a lot about it in your manifesto. I seems as though you have formulated a solid foundation for writing the manifesto. This is one that would intrigue many educators.

At 6:06 AM, Blogger Jason Tougaw said...

The relationship between structure and creativity is a great topic. I think you should take a second look at what Miller suggests (or implies) about this. He believes the two are compatible. It doesn't sound to me like you want to throw out structure altogether, but that the current structures you're working under are inhibiting creativity. Why is that happening? What might a better model be? To do this right, you'll also need to be very clear about what you mean by "creativity." I think Gilles and Fauconnier would be an excellent source for helping you do that.


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