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The improvisational creativity of expert teachers

R. Keith Sawyer

Published: 2010-04-15

Exploring teaching as performance, teacher expertise, and creativity in teaching, this article compares jazz performance and improvisational theater to teaching and scholarly practices, and suggests that a balance between improvisation and structure is what ultimately optimizes student learning.Exploring teaching as performance, teacher expertise, and creativity in teaching, this article compares jazz performance and improvisational theater to teaching and scholarly practices, and suggests that a balance between improvisation and structure is what ultimately optimizes student learning.

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We’ll all be more innovative if we participate in collaborative webs and share more openly. Creativity is always a collaboration and it’s always a form of improvisation, written large in the social world.

– Keith Sawyer