To enjoy teaching even more, explore creative teaching strategies. Dive into instruction with a twist! Tap into your creative side or try something new.
Dana Henriksen and Punya Mishra offer five ways to explore creative teaching strategies in Learning from Creative Teachers (Educational Leadership, February 2013).
- Connect Your Interests with Your Teaching
- Link Lessons to Real-World Learning
- Cultivate a Creative Mind-Set
- Value Collaboration
- Take Intellectual Risks
Let’s take a look at some specific ways you can tap into your creative side and/or try something new.
- Open your mind to possibilities! Creativity lurks in each of us. We just need to find it.
- If you enjoy music, consider ways to use jingles or song lyrics as teaching tools. Play classical music in the background as students work.
- Do you love art? Consider using interactive journals for instruction or linking an art project to a writing lesson.
- Maybe you’re a sports fan. If so, it’s time to bring sports statistics to your math lessons or create sports-themed incentives.
- If reading is your thing, choose favorite books to share with your class, or use excerpts from classic literature as teaching tools.
- Are you a movie buff? Integrate movie clips into learning activities, use movie titles to teach capitalization rules, etc.
- Try something new.
- Grab an idea from a colleague or Pinterest. Sometimes your most creative moments come from piggy-backing off of someone else’s brainchild.
- Find a game or task cards on Teachers pay Teachers. With nearly two million resources, TpT has low-cost and free resources for nearly every need.
- Create your own activity to fill a need. Design a new worksheet, assessment, or game. You can do it!
It’s time to explore creative teaching strategies. It’s time to have some fun!