The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results. If something is not working, then it is broken and needs to be fixed. Come up with something else that will work for your students. Since teachers do not always have all of the answers. If you are unable to find a solution to your problem, your coworkers are always there to assist and provide any necessary resources. In addition, look at research and other teachers strategies to see what has worked for them. Teaching does not always need to be black and white. There are numerous creative activities that teacher can use to fully engage students within the classroom setting. Moreover, be passionate about what you are doing. Teacher are there to inspire students to become lifelong learners. If you want them to love learning, you have to love what you are teaching.
- Creativity is innovation
- Creativity is thinking outside the box
- Creativity is professional growth
- Creativity is being a risk taker or mold breaker
- Creativity is passion
*Here are three creative teaching strategies that I believe will be instrumental throughout my teaching career.
Lead From Behind
Borrowing a phrase from Gandhi, a good leader leads from behind. Diminish your own authority, create collaborative projects, allow learners to teach each other. A good instructor displays precisely the same interpersonal skills as a good leader. The only difference is that an instructor leads with the imagination.
Build 3D Learning Models
Instead of ubiquitous and mind-numbing onscreen presentations, build dynamic learning models in the classroom. For example, skeins of wool, foam balls, Star Wars action figures, or any other objects to build massive diagrams on the floor. The more interesting (or more bizarre) the more effective.
Let Learners Teach Each Other (and You)
Learners who have the opportunity to teach each other consistently demonstrate higher levels of skill and knowledge in a given subject. In the classroom, about half the time can be devoted to this collaborative teaching. It’s more fun, more useful, and more lasting. Besides, the instructor gets to learn some new things also.
*Here are three creative lesson starters that could be implemented to engage students in the classroom.
- Prepare a list of concepts, ideas or objects that relate to the lesson you are about to teach.
- Divide the class into four teams
- Each team has a designated ‘artist’ who has up to one minute to draw the object etc. whilst their team mates guess what the object is.
- The team who guesses correctly first wins a point.
- The first team to three points wins.
- Variation: You can have one student draw on the whiteboard whilst the whole class guesses if you prefer or have a difficult to control class.
Student Made Games
Get your student to showcase their skills, knowledge, and talents. Research has shown that students become excited and engaged when designing their own games. The design brief can be left open ended for the students.
Survey your students at the beginning of the year, get to know them and what they like. Learn about your students’ interests from the profile survey they create. Incorporate your students’ favorite things into class activities. This will help build positive relationships with new students.