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In what ways do you encourage creativity in your classroom?
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I encourage creativity by giving my students a choice in the way they can create a project. Or a choice in group work and what role they can play.
Give students a chance to discuss ideas ask questions with options to choose.
I encourage creativity in the classroom by teaching students new information or allowing them to find information on their and recreating the info or finding alternate solutions.
I really like to do warm up questions periodically that allow the students to think about their own life experiences then connect them to the idea of what we will be learning that day. I think it gets them cognitively thinking about what theyll learn while allowing them to think about something outside the usual conversation in class. I have also wanted to try a web quest activity that allows the students to choose their activity based on what they like to do. I think it would allow them to be more comfortable and be more creative in meeting the objectives of the activity.
Group discussion, debate.
By brainstorming and showing examples of student creativity.
I am always willing to bounce around new ideas and take suggestions for content related activities. I like playing "alternate history" with students and I like to challenge them to develop their own ideas and explanations as much as possible. It's important to remember: the past is immutable but our understanding of history is not static. It's elastic and subject to analysis from many different angles within a variety of radically different ideological frameworks.
Establish a welcoming environment where all students know that their contributions are valued.