Creativity in the Classroom
Math and History
"creativity is a process of having original ideas that have value" Sir Ken Robinson
1. Teaching basics of divergent thinking--using analogies, metaphors, and visual thinking
2. Personal creativity--finding their passion
Teachers need to understand that everyone is creative, it just might be shown in a different way. They need to foster an environment that encourages their students to use their passions in their education.
How do we as teachers continue to make math creative? Apply it to life!
Teaching geometry? Have students design a theme park using specific shapes for each ride. Have them calculate the area of the rides, lines and the overall park.
Teaching fractions? Have them create their own recipe--and possibly bring in samples!
Teaching addition? Use students as manipulatives! Get two circles of students to the front of the classroom and physically add them together!
The most important part is to engage students and get them involved in their own learning while engaging their creativity.
Having students write short plays about history, eat the foods, visit historical "living towns" will help them engage.
2. What is something you plan on doing for your classroom?