Creative Learning

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When I started teaching back in 1969, computers were unheard of, there was no air conditioning, and the front wall of my classroom was covered with black slate chalk boards. It has been a challenging journey navigating through the changes that never cease.

I always tried to incorporate hands on learning in my classroom. We did crafts, had a painting easel, and did lots of cut and paste art work. One year my class had a hot house, raised their own Marigolds and replanted them around the school ground. Then we collected the seeds and saved them for the following year. We watched the mutations from cross-pollination.

As children start back to school, I wonder what Covid-19 and teaching for the test has done to their creativity. I am glad to see them back in the classroom even with the mask precautions. There are things you just can’t learn by virtual learning. It is essential that we don’t forget the importance of hands on learning and playing together.

Days growing shorter

School buses rumble at dawn

Kids can’t wait to learn


Photo; Dwight L. Roth

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60 thoughts on “Creative Learning

  1. Ah yes, so true… nothing can take the place of hands-on learning. I am sure you were a wonderful teacher, {{{Dwight}}} – You continue to teach through your blog. Good reminder… we all need hands-on!!

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  2. Totally agreed! That’s a cute picture. The only thing I’ve learned from online classes is how to pretend like I’m listening while actually doing something else 😅 Sadly, that’s not just me.
    This makes me reminiscent of school.

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  3. Great post, I actually agree & personally I always learned better being in the classroom. One of the reasons I didn’t continue teaching was because of the structure. Children learn differently which means I had to get creative but was limited. On the other hand though, my grandson had always been ahead in his studies & attends a college learning academy, but has soared since having to be on line w/ out missing out on the social aspects etc. Playing sports, visiting museums & traveling has taught him concepts he wouldn’t learn in a classroom. Thanks for sharing, this is very important & many parents come to me w/ concerns ( not related to covid).

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  4. I started seeing the results of teaching to the test about five years ago (thanks, NCLB) in young college freshman who couldn’t think on their own and lacked confidence in their own ideas and abilities. That took some unteaching to undo . . .

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  5. Oh my friend Dwight, I can connect. 🤔 That’s why we tried to incorporate a lot of that stuff during our open mic nights, like solving the crossword puzzles, the birdhouse competition, etc. Hands on learning wasn’t just in the classroom when I was growing up, it was a requirement at home as well. That hand and eye coordination worked for me and still does to this day, in spite of technology. 🤳🏽 It makes me actually use my brain! Great post! 🙌🏽 👨🏽‍🏫 🧐 🖋 🙏🏽

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  6. Beautiful haibun, Dwight. My children’s school this year has a garden, and I was relieved to hear the students maintain it. So much time indoors and on computers it’s worrisome. I would love to hear more stories about your time as a teacher. I feel joy when teaching and I’m looking forward to a great year with my adult English-language learners.

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  7. Dwight, with your creativity and compassion, I am sure you were an amazing teacher. Your students were lucky to have you! You still are, btw, and we are lucky to have you too. I have seen a few and worked at one high school that had a small garden for culinary students. That should be the norm. Things sure have changed and continue to. Great post! Love the photo. 😊

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  8. What a lovely reflection of your love of teaching and shared memories. Hands on learning is the best and your gifts are plentiful. Cheers to your Haiku and the kids returning to school for as long as it lasts.. Fingers crossed 💖💖❤️🙏🙏🙏

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  9. I think with online learning there can still be hands-on, I’m certainly building it into my teaching, but the difficulty is in making sure kids do it. I was listening to my 9 year old’s online classes today, and among other things the class is now doing individual gardening / nature activities and sharing what they’re doing online. What broke my heart was when the teacher asked “are there any questions?” and a kid immediately asked “Is this compulsory?”. 😦


    • So glad to your are doing hands on projects with virtual learning. Being in class does not guarantee that teachers will do hands on learning with their students. Keep us the good work and tell them YES!!


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