Miriam Clifford recently wrote a blog post “30 Things you can do to Promote Creativity in Your Classroom“. The post has a wealth of information and suggestions on how to go about implementing the list.
Here is a summary of the suggestions:
- Embrace creativity as part of learning.
- Use the most effective strategies.
- Think of creativity as a skill.
- Participate in or create a program to develop creative skills.
- Use emotional connections.
- Use a creativity model.
- Consider how classroom assignments use divergent and convergent thinking.
- Creativity flourishes in a “congenial environment”.
- Be aware during discussions.
- See creativity in a positive light.
- Try the Incubation Model.
- Use a cultural artifact.
- Establish expressive freedom.
- Be familiar with standards.
- Gather outside resources.
- Allow room for mistakes.
- Allow space for creativity.
- Give students time to ask questions.
- Creativity builds confidence.
- Encourage curiosity.
- Structure is essential.
- Observe a working model of creativity.
- Consider the work of current experts in the field.
- Explore different cultures.
- Find ways to incorporate and integrate art, music and culture.
- Use a collaborative creative thinking model to solve classroom problems.
- Design multidisciplinary lessons when possible.
- Tapping into multiple intelligences is key.
- Understand that creativity is important to students’ future in the job market.
- Teach creative skills explicitly.