20 November 2005

The Creative Process

I have worked with very few teachers over the years who were uninterested in trying to improve upon previous lessons they'd designed. This part of the job---the creative process---is typically the part with which you get to have the most fun. But it can also be rather frustrating.

I've been thinking all weekend about what I want to do with my kids tomorrow in order to wrap up our look at cell signaling. I suppose I could give them a review sheet. Or we could read an article together. Maybe I could assign a webquest or have them look at other resources on the topic. I even have some suggestions of things other teachers have used. None of them feel like the right fit for my kids.

With only one class to worry about (and one that I've taught before), it would be simple enough not to really care too much. And I admit that there are days when I don't put as much effort into my planning as I should. This year, however, I really think that I've been a better teacher than the last couple of years when the balance between my two jobs was different. I'm glad that students this year aren't getting the fuzzy end of the lollipop in all of this.

Writing seems to help with this process. If I can just take a sheet of paper and a pencil, capture some various ideas of what I want gets to get out our time together, and then connect these, I can eventually end up with what I think will be a really good plan. It just takes a lot of think time---and lots of fits and starts.

I more or less have my plan in mind for tomorrow. I need to work out a few details, such as the specific pathway I want to model with kids, but I'm pleased with the way things are leading.

Soon, it will be time to invent another wheel.

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