Nobody wants their pilot to be creative.
Imagine being an airline passenger and hearing the announcement:
“Ladies and gentlemen, the captain has turned on the Fasten Seat Belt sign. If you haven’t already done so, please stow your carry-on luggage underneath the seat in front of you or in the overhead compartment. Please take your seat and fasten your seat belt low and tight around your hips. The captain has thought up a new technique for landing that no one has ever tried before and he wants to give it a go …”
No, we want our surgeons, financiers, and engineers to follow their training with precision. Deviation is called “negligence”. Experimentation has no place in the work of a dentist or paramedic. I’m sure these high-status careers have many draw-cards, but the opportunity to innovate isn’t one of them. In contrast, nothing prevents a teacher from experimenting with a new approach, except her own lack of initiative, imagination or perhaps time.
There is an old saying that “Ten years in teaching is one year repeated ten times”. That is sad if true – given the procedural latitude we have in our classrooms. That latitude is an under-rated privilege of our profession that many other professions don’t share.
What’s stopping you from doing something completely different and experimental in your next class?