Is being creative as a teacher the key to effective learning?
As a teacher, how can you engage your students to be more effective and develop their creativity? Follow these tips and not only will your students learn quickly but you will also get inspired to be more creative in your day to day life.
In education, teachers face challenges when it comes to motivating their students or inspiring them creatively. This is not always an easy task, so we have collected a couple of tips that could prove useful for you as a teacher.
So, what can you do?
Increase your knowledge
As a teacher, you have plenty of options when it comes to learning about teaching. There are courses, books, and a wide variety of online content. A creative teacher brings more to their class than just the knowledge of teaching. You need to be open minded. For example, artistic classes during P.E. or using songs in foreign language classes can help your students to process the lesson easier.
Interact with other teachers
Connecting with other teachers can help you understand how they work and by sharing ideas, resources and generally having a more active social life can be beneficial for everybody. Joining groups on social media, reading blogs, attending workshops can also inspire you to do something different. It’s always good to know how other teachers do their job.
Get ideas from other teachers
You might not need to use these ideas, but if the right time comes, they will be at your fingertips and you will be ready to use them. Don’t think it’s a bad thing to collect other teachers’ ideas and learn from their experiences. You can also go online and find tips there if you feel more comfortable doing that – Pinterest is a great start.
Think outside the box
Kids have so much creativity and if you want to keep their interest, you need to be creative as well. Try thinking outside the box and bring out ideas that sound extreme – sometimes those are the best ones. As mentioned above, reading blogs or connecting with other teachers can be really useful. Students respond better and more positively to teachers who bring something different than to those who stick to the same old steps.
Help your students to see their own capabilities
Everyone has something they are good at and everyone is naturally either more kinesthetic, auditory, visual or logical in their learning techniques. Help and encourage your students to use their abilities, which will put a positive effect on their learning and they will feel more comfortable with homework or activity tasks.
Did you know that music has power? A study shows that a child’s brain develops quicker when music is included in their education. At the Brain and Creativity Institute (BCI) at the University of Southern California, after 2 years of study, researchers proved that music has a positive impact on children.
Music helps in areas such as language development, sound, reading skills and speech perception. So next time when your students are having difficulties with foreign language, just put some good tunes on.
Whenever you find yourself out of ideas, just remember these key attributes and how important creative thinking is when your students are having a hard time with their studies.
Bringing a bit of a challenge and excitement to your class will make your students more capable of learning and have fun at the same time.