Let’s face it, attempting to keep a classroom full of kids engaged in a lesson is no easy task, especially when you have to do this five days out of the week. This is why so many teachers across the country are seeking ways to inspire creativity in the classroom in order to keep their students engaged. Understandably, teachers can be a little cautious of attempting new procedures as they don’t want to waste their nor their student’s time. Therefore, the following list includes some of the best and tested methods you can implement into the classroom to encourage creativity.
Add Music to The Lesson
Have you ever heard someone say that they don’t like to listen to music? We can safely assume that you haven’t. This is rarer amongst students, particularly in the elementary grades. You can use music in the classroom to have your students take a not so exciting topic and turn it into something that they want to work on each and every day. Ask your students to create a song using the terms in the lesson. This not only serves to open up their creative minds, but this type of learning has been deemed to be more effective in terms of subject attention than simply reading it.
Don’t Hold onto the Reins of Power
Letting go of power can be a scary thing, especially when it’s just you and 30 kids. However, something amazing happens when you let go of attempting to control everything. Students suddenly take on more responsibility to not only police themselves but their fellow classmates as well. They are no longer afraid to ask permission to do certain things on their assignment and thus produce more creative work. Note that you can do this in time blocks to ensure that the class lesson plan for the day keeps moving forward.
Give them a Voice
It can be quite impossible to answer each and every one of your student’s questions during a class period. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t get to them. By forming a question board, you can collect all the questions that your students are eager to ask you. Students may use these boards to post all the questions they had during the lesson. The next day at the start of class, you can take a block of time to answer them.
Dr. Catherine Barnes is a Jacksonville, Florida-based educator with over 25 years of experience. A graduate of the University of Florida, Dr. Barnes forms her educational philosophy around the belief that “kids deserve a fighting chance—even if you have to fight to give it to them.” She understands that, by adapting to modern students’ needs, today’s teachers can change the trajectory of a child’s life, and has allowed her to continuously embody success and vision in her field.