On Aug 28, 2013, at 8:53 AM, GS Chandy <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> 1. Is it at all possible to *teach* a student (any student) - *creative writing*? > > 2. If the teacher has created sufficiently imaginative and *creative* plays (which stimulate, perhaps excite, the students to *write creatively*), then I'd believe he has done something valuable. > > 3. I'd not speculate on the teacher's reasons for adopting the strategy he does/did. So long as the students felt challenged, then I guess both teacher and students have gained something useful. > > 4. I believe your 'analogy' or 'metaphor' has failed.
So, you would teach creative writing by having the students act in plays, not by teaching them how to write. I think you are too focused on the word "creative" and not enough on the word "writing". Try this instead. Imagine "creative algebra". Surely you have seen creative algebra before. so do you think that, in creative algebra, the necessity of learning algebra is any less? Besides, if Dan was trying to excite his students about algebra, wouldn't his activities involve algebra? Richard suggested that he teaches algebra outside of these activities, but wouldn't that be even more reason for these activities to involve algebra?
It amazes me that there exists 3 years of Dan's blogs as evidence to support my statements while Richard and yourself are basing your counter arguments on supposition.