Is Creative Work REALLY Worth the Time in the Classroom?

Brilliant guest post & video from #DitchBook #DitchHW author, Matt Miller

You know you’ve either thought this or heard someone say it before. All of this increased focus on making, designing, and creating takes a tremendous amount of instructional minutes…and there is SO much to cover! Is it time well spent? Is there a payoff?

We’ve all been there. We want to feel like we can justify our decision to include it.

Matt Miller to the rescue! I love Matt and his work. He is the author of Ditch That Textbook and the co-author (with Alice Keeler) of Ditch That Homework and we are poud to be his publisher. In this short but fantastic 4 minute video he tackles this tough question and lays out an argument defending creativity in the classroom.

Here’s Matt:

It’s a fair question. I’ve heard similar questions to this at teaching conferences, in discussions, and versions of it on social media.

I’ve even thought it myself.

“This creative work takes a lot of time. Does it really give a return on all of that investment?

There’s plenty of evidence that points to YES … and it’s a skill that kids will need for the world they’ll face in the future.

I created this video to make my case for creative work in the classroom. I hope you love it!

Wow!! Thanks, Matt! Not only do I love the points he makes, I also love the video sketchnoting! Using creativity to defend creative work…yes! Spectacular! Be sure to sign up for Matt’s email list at http://ditchthattextbook.com and follow his YouTube channel for more great videos that he will be releasing.

Go do something creative….it’s worth your time, too!

Dave

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2 thoughts on “Is Creative Work REALLY Worth the Time in the Classroom?

  1. AWESOME!
    I believe creative learning also promotes Long Term Recall. In my limited 25+ yrs. teaching 8th grade science, former students now in their 30’s readily/easily recall technical science learning they achieved during creative learning experiences. Believe your three sited reasons are Spot-On!
    Thanks for this great presentation! It is truly meaningful & Powerful!

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