Lab #1: Initial Research, Making Connections, Brainstorming

Part One:

  • Personal Experiences
  • Moving to Montreal with my best friend was a wonderful life experience because it allowed me to become independent and self-aware of the world we live in. I view life differently ever since moving out of my parent’s place. I have been here for two years and I believe that it changed me as a person.
  • I wrote a play in 11th grade which won many awards. I believe it was an educational experience because it allowed me to be creative and to express myself in front of an auditorium of 900 people.
  • I also took part in “Secondaire en Spectacle” in 9th grade with my brother and our friends. We got the opportunity to go to the regional competition and the provincial one as well. It was definitely a life changing experience, because I never took singing that seriously, but I realized that it was something that I could not live without.
  • Current Events
  • The Labeling Dilemma
  • Does home schooling affect a child`s social development?
  • Are children losing their sense of creativity and imagination because of the standardized curriculum that schools have to reinforce?

Part Two:

The nature of teaching in today’s education system is strongly based on delivering the curriculum that our society wants children to know. However, I believe that teachers should reinforce students to use their creativity and imagination in the classroom as well. We are encouraging children to act like little adults and we do not take the necessary amount of time to acknowledge the fact that children are kids, and not workers to be… Children have a strength that we, “older people” lost because of the educational institutions that we were enrolled it at a young and vulnerable age. They can play, pretend and explore which are a few of the many activities that the average adult does not include in their daily routine. We are so obsessed with today’s societal values that we drag our children down the same path. Integrating play in a classroom helps children acquire different abilities such as creative problem-solving strategies and social skills. Each child has their own needs and rhythm in a classroom, and teachers should take into consideration that a human being tends to learn at a faster pace if the person in question is interested by what they are being taught. Obviously, reading, writing and basic arithmetic are essential skills that every individual should possess, but schools should also make their schedule around their student’s interests as well.  Creativity slowly decreases with age, which can easily be avoided if schools would stop focusing on one right answer and allowing more discussion based interactions between students.

Links:

http://www.livescience.com/15535-children-creative.html

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/freedom-learn/201209/children-s-freedom-has-declined-so-has-their-creativity

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2012/05/are-we-wringing-the-creativity-out-of-kids/

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