Teaching Commons > Events > Teaching & Learning Conference > Challenging Our Students, Challenging Ourselves (2010)
This year's keynote speaker was Dr. Lee Shulman, author of The Wisdom of Practice: Essays on Teaching, Learning, and Learning to Teach, president emeritus of The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and past president of the American Educational Research Association. Dr. Shulman has spent his professional life advocating for the importance of teaching at all levels, from kindergarten through graduate school, and is well known for his efforts to promote the scholarship of teaching in higher education.
To learn more about Dr. Lee Shulman’s history and career, you can read his This I Believe essay “Just Like Pastrami.”
This workshop focused on how one can become a more creative teacher. We explored a range of questions related to creativity including: What does it mean to be creative? How can creativity be developed and nurtured? What does the creative process look like? What is the relationship between creativity, play and humor? (In other words, do creative people have more fun?) How can we become more creative in teaching? What is the role of technology in this process?
A critical part of becoming creative is being able to play-to play with ideas, with tools, and with pedagogical techniques. In this workshop participant engaged in an interactive series of activities, with different technological tools, that allowed them to explore the meaning of creativity-how it is defined-and explore some strategies for developing, nurturing and supporting creativity, particularly in their teaching. This workshop provided multiple hands-on and minds-on opportunities for discussion and exploration. Each of the issues/topics were also be illustrated with multiple examples from the world of education, psychology, and business, interspersed with games and puzzles connected to the ideas being discussed. A key part of the workshop was helping participants develop a creative solution to a key problem of practice all instructors face.