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November 27, 2017 Monday 11:01:11 AM IST

Creativity in the classroom

Teacher Insights

In simple terms this could mean trying different approaches and encouraging students to think in new and divergent ways. Creativity should not be confined to art and drama classes and club activities; it should be a part of daily practice in every classroom and in every subject.

 

First, recognise that creativity is important. Talk about it with students; and find ways to encourage its use. Make sure to appreciate students who have taken the time to think creatively. Allow room for mistakes.

 


Try to find creative ways of solving a problem, or doing tasks set in class. Encourage students to think about how they might present ideas in new ways in the classroom.

 

Get students to suggest new ways of revision. Mind maps are often used; get students to develop them creatively with colours, drawings or photographs. Since most students these days have access to technology and devices they could record key facts, make songs about the periodic table or videos about lave flow. Get students to work in groups to make revision boards with key information for displaying in the class room. They can then take photographs of the boards to use for revision.

 


Class discussions are very important in allowing students to express new ideas and think critically. Don’t ignore the ones who ask questions that are a bit off topic, within manageable time limits of course. After giving the key ideas give the students a minute or so to discuss the idea before asking for their inputs. Allow students time to ask questions.

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