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In what ways do you encourage creativity in your classroom?

Answer examples and advice for how to answer this interview question for a Social Studies Teacher interview

The interviewer wants to know that you encourage your students to be creative and that you have tactics for adapting your material to promote creativity. Give examples of different topics you teach creatively. Depending on the age group you may have more opportunities to be creative.

For example, with middle schoolers, you could have them do a project where they create their tribe based on what you learned about the Native American tribes. Show that you can think outside of the box and that you are willing to take the curriculum into your own hands to make it easier to digest.
Entry Level answer example
"I like to encourage creativity through the use of music, new technology-based tools, and multi-media. Students love the variety, and the more I offer, the more fun they have in the classroom."
Experienced answer example
"I have found many ways to increase creativity in the classroom. Some of my favorite ways to do this are to create in-class awards, host open-discussions, go on outside field trips, and encourage deeper emotional connections between the students. What are some of your favorite ways to encourage creativity in the classroom?"

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In what ways do you encourage creativity in your classroom?
Establish a welcoming environment where all students know that their contributions are valued.
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.
By brainstorming and showing examples of student creativity.
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.
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.
Give students a chance to discuss ideas ask questions with options to choose.
Group discussion, debate.

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