While teaching in a classroom, many teachers forget that it’s just not the knowledge which would interest the students, students want to learn while having fun and hence they should adopt creative ways to teach the children, so that the classroom would be lively and energetic and students would be able to perform with their full potential.
Creativity makes a huge difference. Creativity is vital for a classroom to be successful. There is a common delusion that the word “creative” has to do mostly with the arts. But being artistic is only a small part of creativity. While any classroom environment would benefit from a teacher blessed with the gift of artistic talent, creativity is just a single prospect of many other things comprised inside in it.
What is creativity?
Creativity is innovation: People do the same thing over and over again and expect different results. If something isn’t working out then creativity has to take place and has to come up with different things to make things work out. It is as simple as taking part in online art competitions for kids with the same picture and believing that you would win all the time.
It is thinking outside the box: Everything should not be approached in a conventional manner every time, sometimes the oddball activities are the ones that bring wonders.
Creativity is improvisation: Things would not always go as per the plan, to get out of such situations one has to improvise, suppose that a lesson is not going as planned, then the teacher might restart the lesson with new techniques to make the kids understand in a better way.
Creativity is professional growth: We don’t always have all of the answers. If one can’t figure out what to do, then they should use their coworkers as resources. Same might find some really great ideas that make sense for the students too.
Creativity is passion: Teachers should be passionate about what they do, they are responsible to inspire students to become lifelong learners. If a teacher wants the students to love learning then they have to love what they teach.
Below are mentioned few activities that would help the teachers in fostering the creative techniques to teach.
- “I know a word”: Teachers can begin this game by saying “I know a word” that starts with the same sound that you hear at the begging of Eventually, teachers should provide chances to each and every student of the class. To make the game more learning, teachers might wanna tell the students to use the terms from the ongoing chapters as well. Also switching places of sounds would also be a great idea. Like beginning of the word, middle of the word or end of the world.
- Rhyme time: Teachers could say a word and then the students have to say a word that rhymes with that particular word. For more fun the words could be randomly changed by the teachers.
- Practice counting: Teachers could have their class practice counting by twos, fives and tens. They could pass the ball clockwise or counterclockwise, with the student who receives it saying the number that comes next. For example, if the teacher says, “We are going to count by fives. Five!” The person next to him/her says “ten,” the next one says “fifteen,” and so on.
- Spelling review: For older kids, the teachers could pass the ball and go through their spelling words one letter at a time. For example, teachers would say, “We’re going to spell the word “they are”, as in ‘This is their ball.'” The first person says “T,” the second person says “H,” the third person says “E,” and so on. If one says the wrong letter, the next person says the correct letter and fixes the mistake.
- “I need a synonym”: This is a great vocabulary building exercise. Teachers could use the ball or a pair of flyswatters, depending on the age of the students. They could say, “I need a synonym for mad.” Then the teachers could point someone to give another word that means the same thing, such as angry, furious and enraged. For older kids, they can put a list of synonyms on the board and divide the class into two teams. Have one person from each team come up and compete. Whoever slaps the board with the flyswatter and says the correct synonym wins a point for their team. At the end, all the students in a better vocabulary earned from a fun learning the method.
- Reinforce other skills: What other subjects are the teachers teaching? They could adapt these games to fit pretty much anything. “I need the name of an explorer.” “I need you to name one of the phases of matter.” “I need to know one of the reasons for the Civil War.” As said above Creativity is improvisation and the teachers have to improvise for serving a better learning method.
- Roll dice to have your students answer story questions: “What is the plot of the story?” you might ask them. “What is the setting?” You can introduce more reflective questions such as, “Why did this character do what he or she did?” and “What was the author’s purpose?” You can write these questions on cards.
- Sight Word Slap Game: Write your sight words on the board. Separate your class into two random teams. Let one person from each team step forward and hold a fly swatter. Call out one of the sight words. The first one to slap the correct sight word gets a point for their team. Continue until everyone has gone. This is great for helping sight word recognition.
- Use different voices or accents while reading stories and tales to the class.
- Dress in costumes of storybook characters to leave a lasting impression, or let students dress up as characters to retell stories. This would enable them to interact more with each other and would also learn a lot about the particular character of the story.
- Turn the room into the environment of what the students are learning about: When the class is learning about fairy tales, turn the classroom into a castle. When they are learning about animals, turn the classroom into a jungle.
These ideas would develop the class into a fun-zone and then the students would have an enhanced learning experience. Teachers would also have a good time with the students and would not get bored.