Module 6 was all about teachers’ creativity in their lesson activities and teaching methodologies, and teachers teaching and cultivating creativity in their students. I was personally intrigued by some teachers’ notion of fun lessons as less productive in producing student learning. I believe the opposite. As a student, I found that concepts that were introduced to me in an interesting and fun manner were the ones that I learned quickly and thoroughly with less effort. People in general like having fun so for teachers who are able to make learning fun and make it seems less of a task, it is very impressive and commendable. I firmly believe that, sometimes, it is not the actual lessons or activities that help students learn, it is the delivery of these lessons or activities that impact student learning more. For me, effective teaching is not just about adherence to teaching principles that other teachers vouch for or principles advocated by research, it is about finding the most effective ways of making these principles work for your own specific students or classroom context. This is what teacher creativity is for me. Consequently, in the process of making existing principles and methods of teaching work for your specific students, teachers end up generating new and innovative ideas along the way.
While doing the module, I had to admit that I shared the thought that one of the most difficult things that teachers have to face is the challenge of meeting each and every student’s learning needs. Most classrooms comprise learners with different capabilities, varying learning preferences, different backgrounds and upbringing, and diverse cultural, ethnical, and racial framework. In the previous modules, in fact, it was acknowledged that it is impossible to meet all students’ needs all the time. My understanding of it now is that teachers need to be creative in delivering their lessons to ensure that for every type of lesson activity, some if not most of the students’ needs are met. If teachers manage to incorporate a few activities catering to different needs of the students, then it is highly likely that they get to address all of their students’ needs. Not done at once, not right away, but through a series of attempts. Diverse learners call for diverse and differentiated teaching and learning opportunities. In light of this, students seeing and observing teachers making mistakes, taking risks, ‘having a go’ at making or doing something new learn and develop creativity in them. They are also empowered to take risks and be different, and find their own ways of solving problems, of showing their understanding of concepts, or to simply express themselves that is truly, uniquely their own.