One of my friends over on Facebook re-posted the video below of Biola University math teacher, Matthew Weathers, who used a little creativity to engage his students.
Not Just a Little Creativity
Actually, it might be somewhat of a misnomer to say “a little” creativity. Certainly, it speaks to a lot of creativity — which, despite the obvious technical talent involved in the post-production process, doesn’t itself (that is, creativity) require a lot of technical skills.
It seems to me that desire, passion and curiosity are the main ingredients for success. With inspiration being a wonderful little byproduct. (Despite a few snarky comments on Matthew’s YouTube wall from some haters who just don’t get it [there’s always gonna be haters, right?], I take comfort in Tim Ferris’ point about how it doesn’t matter how many people don’t get it, what matters is how many people DO.) And, with over 4 million views and 18,000 “Likes” (to the smaller-proportioned 180+ “dislikes”), I think the numbers speak for themselves.
What About Inspiration?
And, to my point about creativity and learning sparking inspiration? (Certainly it has already inspired me to spread this gospel by writing this post!) Well, it appears Matthew’s willingness to share has already inspired others to take up the mantle of creative design in learning.
Check out Chris Wong’s simple project below. (Tip: What I think is particularly compelling is the reaction of his elementary school students.)
Finally, it’s worth pointing out the wonderful passion of creative teachers. Consider this telling quote from Matthew Weathers’ “How To” video below when asked how he made his video:
“…a magician never reveals his secrets… BUT, I’m not a magician. I’m a teacher! So I’d be happy to teach you how…”
What do you think? Do you agree on the point of creative design in learning sparking inspiration?