Dear teachers, we completely understand that you juggle between school curriculum, parents meeting and other duties and taking out some time for creativity in the classroom can be challenging. Yes, It may be difficult but it’s certainly not impossible, and accomplishing it can help you create a great classroom environment. Spending little time on creativity can make a difference. Creative classrooms feel different, there’s an environment that enables the students to express their ideas and to challenge problems with innovative solutions. Such an environment is motivational, interesting and educational for both you and your students.
So how do you get there? How can you promote creativity in classrooms? We’ve got some ideas that can help you promote creativity in classrooms.
Here at ChalkLit we speak to hundreds of teachers every day and are really amazed by the way they try to incorporate creative thinking and learning into their classrooms. To help you with this, we’ve put together these 5 best ways to add more creativity and passion to your classroom.
- Jump to modern teaching techniques-
“Old ways won’t open new doors”, similarly, the traditional “chalk and talk” method or lecture method of teaching that has been there for hundreds of years won’t help students solve problems with innovative solutions. Traditional teaching methods are now acquiring inferior results when compared with the available modern teaching techniques that are available for use in schools today.
Modern teaching techniques focus more on the individual student’s needs rather than assuming that all students are at the same level. Don’t stick to the traditional methods of teaching, go ahead and experiment with various methods. You can conduct activities, show videos and can even explain any concept through games.
For example, if you wish to teach your students the concept of Noun, then instead of just telling them the definition and examples, introduce a Noun game to your students. Ask them to take out a paper and divide it into four columns. You can further ask them to listen to you carefully as you’ll give them a letter and they have to write the name of a person, place, animal, and thing starting with the letter you gave only. You will realize that a simple game can help your students understand the concept better. Try it and you’ll be amazed by the results.
- Give freedom to your students
Well, by freedom we mean your students should be free to express their thoughts and ideas. You shouldn’t restrict them every time if you want to promote creativity in your classroom. For example, in an art and craft class, you give a plain sheet to your students to draw the flower and use the colours that you want them to use. Do you think it can foster creativity in children? What if you give them the freedom to choose the colour and also the type of flower? Don’t you think it’ll encourage them to be creative? Try it if you agree.
- Create a flexible learning environment-
It’s critical for teachers to be able to use their classroom space effectively. To develop critical thinking in your students, you would be required to provide various ways for your students to work alone, interact with peers, and working in groups so that they exchange their creative ideas. As a teacher, you must try to provide flexible learning spaces to support one-to-one learning, collaboration, independent thinking, and group discussions.
- Develop curiosity in your students
Try not to introduce any concept without creating interest in students. You can promote creativity by introducing your concepts in different ways. For example, you are supposed to teach “adjectives”, instead of telling them what adjective is, you can start with questions that have adjective words in them, you could ask them about their favourite colour, and then probably introduce the term to them to develop curiosity in the students.
- Ask open-ended questions
Open-ended questions can help students realize their potential. One interesting fact about open-ended questions is that there can be various answers and points of view and do not have to be the textbook answers that students can mug up overnight! Student answers can even lead to strong collaboration, interesting conversations, exciting ideas and can also encourage leadership skills. Open-ended questions also help students connect them to their own lives or real-world events.
So, these are some of the ideas that you can use to promote creativity in your classroom. Apart from these, make sure you engage your students in different activities, use various teaching aids, arrange field visits etc. to help your students understand the concepts better. Always remember, when they hear, they tend to forget, when they see, they remember and when they do, they remember!
By Rajni Joshi
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