Sunday, June 07, 2020

5 Tips to create creative teaching and learning in class

Here are some ways to create creative teaching and learning in class:

1. Use materials around you

Always observe everyday objects around you, like water bottles, desks, chairs, and convert them into teaching tools. Always ask yourself, what can I do with this material in my class to teach this subject?

2. Associate what you see or hear with the topics you teach

When you watch TV or watch interesting videos on Youtube, keep this in your mind: Oh, will my students like this? Is it possible for me to do that in my class? How can I adapt this to suit the topic of my teaching?

Not to worry, doing 5 - 10 minutes of fun activities as an extra element is just fine!

3. Think like a child: what makes them happy?

Always take the chance to observe the behaviour of students outside of the classroom without interacting with them. See what they like to do, learn how they communicate with each other, look at what games they play during recess. After that, try to put yourself in their shoes. You will understand them better!

4. Make teaching easy; don’t be so complicated!

Being creative doesn't have to be complicated. Simple things, simple instructions and simple actions can be more creative. When we simplify the directions, simplify needs to be understood, the result will become creative. Creative teaching is not about using beautiful, sophisticated teaching aids; it is important for students to learn, think and participate in the classroom. Devise activities that make students want to join in! The topics that we want to teach are already complicated for students; we do not need activities that are complicated to do.

5. Get rid of thoughts that only some people can be creative

There's no need to be shy when it comes to doing this creative thing. Ignore the thoughts that make us feel like we don't want to do them because they don't look good. Just do it. If the first time fails, try again for the second time and so on. Creative teaching requires a lot of experimentation and trial and error. The more you try, the higher your chances of becoming a creative teacher. If you don't try, you won't know at all.

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