A great polemical post by Tom Boulter: what are we risking after creativity in teaching became all the rage? Because the term is so vague, it’s too easy to misinterpret and create lessons that result in very little learning.
The author builds on the story of a playpump which was installed to encourage learning through creativity but was quickly forgotten as useless. He extends the metaphor to remind the readers: sometimes it should be the real pump, not a playpump, to do the actual work in the classroom.
Compare this to the notion of ‘seductive details’, or to another opinion post I linked to before (Whatever happened to direct instruction) – it’s great how many educationalists are voting against mindless fun in the classroom. What do you think, does it seem a bit too extreme?