This is my argument for infusing creativity in the classroom and some fun ideas to get you started.
Because in this test-taking, data-driven environment, creativity is like everybody’s favorite eccentric aunt: we all say we love her just the way she is, but nobody wants to actually be responsible for taking care of her. And she’s really inconvenient, immeasurable, erratic, irascible, and unpredictable.
So many teachers are forced to teach to state tests that, little by little, creative projects and critical thinking have been forced to the back of the educational closet. This isn’t because teachers like it this way; they feel it’s a necessary evil given the idea that student test scores equate with professional success.