Does your school host annual or seasonal community events? The Autumn Fair, Harvest Festival, Christmas Bazaar, Spring Carnival, Summer Picnic --- the list goes on. For some schools, these events, while being acknowledged as fun, are perceived as problematic both in their organization, budgeting, and final approval (for things like fire safety, insurance, on-site security, and medical service, etc.).
The year 2020 has been a tough one for schools and their communities across the country. Lockdowns have closed school gates, forced learning online, and brought a lot of disruption and changes to educational life for students, their families, and the teachers and school administrators who usually serve them.
Teachers working in a K-12 environment are often concerned about how their students will perform on various required standardized tests. This leads to a test-focused classroom where test passing skills are the most valuable commodity. This is unfortunate, because a test-focused classroom overlooks the development of other important qualities, including ones that are valued by employers. Take creativity and confidence, for example, two qualities that help make leaders and visionaries, and skills that are treasured by top companies everywhere. Why should these play second fiddle to test preparation? Below we’ve detailed five simple ways that K-12 teachers can spark creativity and confidence in their classrooms. It’s easier than you think: