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Marisa Constantinides, CELT Athens Teacher Education Centre Director...

Marisa Constantinides, CELT Athens Teacher Education Centre Director
Creative thinking, or divergent production potential is present in all learners but many of the standard classroom activities stunt rather than develop it. This presentation aims to point out opportunities for making this part of our design including activities that have the potential of developing the different facets of this composite aspect of human intellect.

Presented at the City & Guilds 1st Teacher Development Symposium in Athens & Thessaloniki in 2011 (February 20 & 27)

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    • Marisa Constantinides, Teacher Educator - Director of CELT Athens Teacher Development Centre
    • @Marisa Constantinides CELT Athens - info@celt.edu.gr / City & Guilds 2011
    • @Marisa Constantinides CELT Athens - info@celt.edu.gr / City & Guilds 2011
    • @Marisa Constantinides CELT Athens - info@celt.edu.gr / City & Guilds 2011
    • @Marisa Constantinides CELT Athens - info@celt.edu.gr / City & Guilds 2011
    • @Marisa Constantinides CELT Athens - info@celt.edu.gr / City & Guilds 2011
    • @Marisa Constantinides CELT Athens - info@celt.edu.gr / City & Guilds 2011 fact fact fact fact fact fact fact fact Correct Answer
    • @Marisa Constantinides CELT Athens - info@celt.edu.gr / City & Guilds 2011 Answer 2 Answer 3 Answer 4 Answer 1 Answer 5 Answer 6 Answer 6 Answer 7 Stimulus
    • Only one correct answer possible Uniquely determined by language material Based on processing of facts @Marisa Constantinides CELT Athens - info@celt.edu.gr / City & Guilds 2011 fact fact fact fact fact fact fact fact Correct Answer
    • Not totally determined by language provided Multiple answers possible Variety of correct answers possible @Marisa Constantinides CELT Athens - info@celt.edu.gr / City & Guilds 2011 Answer 2 Answer 3 Answer 4 Answer 1 Answer 5 Answer 6 Answer 6 Answer 7 Stimulus
    • @Marisa Constantinides CELT Athens - info@celt.edu.gr / City & Guilds 2011 Answer 2 Answer 3 Answer 4 Answer 1 Answer 5 Answer 6 Answer 6 Answer 7 Stimulus fact fact fact fact fact fact fact fact Correct Answer
    • @Marisa Constantinides CELT Athens - info@celt.edu.gr / City & Guilds 2011
    • @Marisa Constantinides CELT Athens - info@celt.edu.gr / City & Guilds 2011
    • @Marisa Constantinides CELT Athens - info@celt.edu.gr / City & Guilds 2011 Elements of creative behaviour Relationship to Language Production Fluency Ability to produce large numbers of ideas Easy & ready flow of talk; production of sustained talk Flexibility Ability to produce diverse ideas (not the same kind) Ability to follow & respond to changes in conversation; Elaboration Ability to add on to and embellish an already existing idea Ability to avoid simplistic responses; ability to improve set phrases and embellish them; useful for writing Originality Ability to produce uncommon, 'clever' ideas Ability to produce novel utterances; avoidance of clichés
    • What’s on the other half of the picture? Describe it to a friend who must draw it @Marisa Constantinides CELT Athens - info@celt.edu.gr / City & Guilds 2011
    • @Marisa Constantinides CELT Athens - info@celt.edu.gr / City & Guilds 2011
    • What’s on the other half of the picture? @Marisa Constantinides CELT Athens - info@celt.edu.gr / City & Guilds 2011
    • Improvise a conversation with all three people What are they saying? What are they thinking? @Marisa Constantinides CELT Athens - info@celt.edu.gr / City & Guilds 2011
    • Write a strange/crazy caption @Marisa Constantinides CELT Athens - info@celt.edu.gr / City & Guilds 2011
    • @Marisa Constantinides CELT Athens - info@celt.edu.gr / City & Guilds 2011 Here is what Spike Milligan wrote in his book Transport of Delight
      • List as many words as you can connected to
        • Rain
        • Space travel
      @Marisa Constantinides CELT Athens - info@celt.edu.gr / City & Guilds 2011
      • e.g.
      • a. Keep asking questions
      • b. Keep making statements
      • or
      • c. Avoid asking questions
      @Marisa Constantinides CELT Athens - info@celt.edu.gr / City & Guilds 2011
      • e.g.
      • In a group, discuss the winning film at the Oscars but adopt a different role each, e.g. a policeman, a doctor, a priest, a famous film director, another contestant who lost, a film critic, etc.
      @Marisa Constantinides CELT Athens - info@celt.edu.gr / City & Guilds 2011
      • Take opposing sides to a problem, e.g.
        • for & against eating ice creams
        • Hold an argument contradicting each other for as long as you possibly can.
      @Marisa Constantinides CELT Athens - info@celt.edu.gr / City & Guilds 2011
    • @Marisa Constantinides CELT Athens - info@celt.edu.gr / City & Guilds 2011 Brainstorm as many unsual uses of this object with your team You win if you have more than the other team but the uses must be unusual!
    • @Marisa Constantinides CELT Athens - info@celt.edu.gr / City & Guilds 2011 How I met the Queen! The joke which made the queen laugh A day in the life of (one of the ladies) Advice I was given before I met the Queen
      • a. Expansion activities
      • e.g. a. Ask as many questions as you can about this headline
      @Marisa Constantinides CELT Athens - info@celt.edu.gr / City & Guilds 2011 TV REPORTER SPEAKS ABOUT SPEECH PROBLEM AT GRAMMYS Watch the related video by following this link http://news.yahoo.com/video/entertainment-15749636/24240543 Write a short report after watching the news programme
      • a. Expansion activities
      • e.g. a. Ask as many questions as you can about this picture
      @Marisa Constantinides CELT Athens - info@celt.edu.gr / City & Guilds 2011 Then read the article on the next page and check for answers
    • @Marisa Constantinides CELT Athens - info@celt.edu.gr / City & Guilds 2011 You win a point if the text does NOT answer the question – you lose a point if it DOES 
    • @Marisa Constantinides CELT Athens - info@celt.edu.gr / City & Guilds 2011 Hold a conversation with a partner – each one of you has one of these two preoccupations – try to draw the conversation to yours without interrupting in a rude way.
      • You were seen chewing the chewing the corner of a carpet in a furniture shop
      • You were seen gluing apples to a tree outside your house at midnight
      • You were seen sticking knives and forks into your front lawn
      @Marisa Constantinides CELT Athens - info@celt.edu.gr / City & Guilds 2011 Choose a predicament for each member of the opposing team Challenge them with it Best explanation wins!
    • @Marisa Constantinides CELT Athens - info@celt.edu.gr / City & Guilds 2011 My email [email_address] My Twitter ID http://twitter.com/Marisa_C My Centre www.celt.edu.gr My Blogs http://marisaconstantinides.edublogs.org/ http://celtathens.wordpress.com/ http://celt-athens-tefl-courses.blogspot.com
    • @Marisa Constantinides CELT Athens - info@celt.edu.gr / City & Guilds 2011