The Place for Creativity In Education
Teachers now a days, in the ever changing world that we live in, need to more creative and innovative than ever before. Before we continue any further it is important to understand the meaning of creativity and innovation. ‘Creativity means bringing into being; it involves the generation of new things or ideas or the transformation of those previously existing’, (Aurora Chavez-Eakle, 2010). Innovation on the other hand is seen as ‘making changes to something established by introducing something new’, (The New Oxford Dictionary of English, 1998, P. 942). From reading both definitions, there is no denying that some similarities could be made between the two.
For many outside the teaching environment the idea of being creative and innovative may seem relatively easy. However in a teaching environment, as many teachers will tell you, it’s a lot more difficult then it seems. It’s a lot more difficult than it seems because the majority of the time teachers and students are under pressure to produce good academic results. Nevertheless, teachers now a days are really embracing the challenge and are becoming more and more creative and innovative.
There should be no end or no limit to creativity in education. Having said that, it is important that teachers, or students for that matter, ensure that their creative ideas are safe first and foremost and take into account the curriculum. There is room for creativity in every subject and every module out there. All that’s needed is a little thinking, creativity and innovation.
In recent year’s professors, teachers, students and much more alike have been able to share their creative and innovative ideas with the world thanks to the World Wide Web. There are countless websites today devoted to compiling teaching resources and ideas for teachers, The availability of so much creative ideas including lesson plans and schemes of work has really changed the game, for the better, for teachers.
Now I will share with you some of the creativity and ideas I have come across. Both ideas will help you to understand that creativity should not be underestimated in education as it is hugely effective and is a huge part of education. ‘Where a laptop computer and data projector were employed for document work, the quality of analysis, visual impact and overall student engagement was outstanding’, (Department of Education and Skills, 2006).
- Underwater Orienteering – Physical Education
- Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? – History (PowerPoint)
– Whistle – Orienteering Equipment (Question & Answers) – Bricks – Floats – Goggles
- Divide students into pairs or teams of 4/5.
- Provide each team with a list of question.
- The answers to the questions are spread around the pool attached to either bricks or floats.
- They must find the answers to the questions on their sheets and record them.
- They must use a feet first surface dive to get the answers attached to the bricks.
- They may use any swim stroke to move around the pool.
- The team who answers all question correctly the fastest wins.
- Attach answers to bricks only.
- Ensure the answers attached to the bricks are clear and can be read easily. This will ensure that student don’t have to spend too long under the water.
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?
Aurora Chavez-Eakle, Rosa. (2010). The Relevance of Creativity in Education. The Johns Hopkins University New Horizons for Learning. Spring. Retrieved from http://education.jhu.edu/PD/newhorizons/Journals/spring2010/therelevanceofcreativityineducation/
Department of Education & Science, (2006). Looking At History: Teaching & Learning History in Post-Primary Schools. Stationary Office, Dublin. Retrieved from https://www.education.ie/en/Publications/Inspection-Reports-Publications/Evaluation-Reports-Guidelines/insp_looking_at_history_pdf.pdf
More Information & Files Available from: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/swimming-surface-diving-game-underwater-orienteering-11011486
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? – PowerPoint
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