This is where the idea came for the shoe picture above. I grabbed Micayla and off we headed down to the local shops. She looked at me as though I had gone crazy as I pulled all of the white shoes off the rack and raced around looking for the elusive rainbow coloured shoe. I was disappointed to find there were none! (Do kids not wear rainbow shoes anymore?)
Then I found my orange pair of shoes. They were perfect. They stood out from the plain, stock- standard, white shoes. To me the white shoes represent students who can tick the right boxes, the ones who know that for a question that looks like A, I need to give a response that has a well-developed character description and setting, or if it happens to look like B, begin with a strong introduction, followed by three convincing reasons, all with supporting details. Or worse still, colour the circle.
The orange shoe represents those students who can think outside the box. The creative types who can think of many different solutions to a given problem . An 'IBM 2010 global study of chief executive officers revealed that — more than any other skill — creativity is most important for succeeding in today’s increasingly complex society.' (http://www.p21.org/)
Creativity is what makes employees stand out in the competitive world and as a teacher it is my number one goal to instil real-world, creative, problem solving into the classroom... Challenge-Based Learning perhaps?