Creative methods have been proven to work quite well in the classroom. Students learn better when their lessons are interesting in interactive, so it’s important to optimize creativity as much as possible in your classroom. Of course, it can be challenging to come up with something that is creative, entertaining, and educational for all of the children in your class. Here are some ideas that have worked for others, and just might work for you, too!
Learn through music
Most children find textbooks drab and boring; they don’t want to spend all class following along, staring at a block of text. This attitude is especially true for the majority of children who don’t necessarily like reading. An alternative to reading through a textbook could be incorporating music into the classroom. Find interesting songs that help teach your current lessons. If the children enjoy it, let them use that song as a jumping point. You can find a lot of resources online, some songs that are educational and some that are just entertaining, but relevant to what you’re teaching. You can make your own songs and even encourage students to make music videos.
There’s nothing wrong with taking good ideas from other teachers. Talk to the other teachers at your school, or even simply teachers online, and ask them if they have any fun ideas. Adapt their ideas to better fit your classroom and lessons. Good ideas are meant to be shared, especially when it helps mold our future leaders.
Let the children follow their creative ambitions
Most people have some sort of creativity flowing through them, even if they don’t know it. Of course, people have different creative outlets and passions. Encourage your classroom to follow those findings and create an environment that allows for a variety of types of expression. Children won’t necessarily be creative if you sit them down and tell them that it’s time to be creative. Instead, it’s best to let them be creative when the inspiration strikes. Give your classroom the opportunity to get creative with assignments or choose their own methods of completing assignments and tasks. This might require some extra personalized attention to the students, but watching them learn independently is well worth it.
Communicate with your students
The best way to help your students be creative is to have a dialogue about the things that they like and the things that they want to do. Encourage students to speak to you. If they would prefer to be anonymous, set up a suggestion box that the classroom can use to submit fun ideas. You may get some pranksters, but it’s allowing them to be creative, too!