Creativity in the classroom provides a more relaxed and open environment for the students to freely express their opinions and to learn faster. Here are some tips for helping teachers add creativity to the curriculum.
Be passionate (passion is contagious).
To make your classroom creative and innovative, you have to become a role model for the students. Demonstrate passion toward your subject and it will reach your students.
For example, instead of monologue lectures and textbooks, show TED talk videos or documentaries whenever applicable. Demonstrate concepts using real objects. If it is a botany class, bring plants and show how to grow them correctly. The innovative approaches make digesting new information easier and more visual.
Allow flexibility in the classroom. Organize group activities and let the students move around, change places, or sit in front of each other. This helps with creating a more relaxed and friendly environment, which serves as a good way to exchange ideas and to open creative discussions.
Dos & don’ts for fostering creativity and innovation in the classroom
When giving lectures, discuss real-life examples from prominent people to inspire the students. Bring examples of characters from the books and movies or famous people and situations that happened to them in their stories. After, organize activities that would challenge your students to solve problems in real-life situations based on life examples of the characters.
Establish an emotional connection.
Creating a comfortable environment for open communication is key to boosting the creative process among students. They have to feel connected to be invested and motivated to cooperate. Celebrate different cultural holidays. This will help not only with broadening students’ mindsets but will also let them see things from different perspectives.