Creative Thinking Strategies
For
TEACHERS
Part one
The creative mindset
What’s
new?
Friend
or foe?
Mood Attitude
Why does it
matter?
Quality questions
The Best Way To Start
Thinking Is To Stop Thinking
1
Image credit: flickr DerrickT
Get Out Of your Own Way
2
3
“I wish I had your skills – all I can
draw is these real people”
Avoid self-sabotaging
your flow
Ignore The Naysayers4
Outlandish
Ridiculous
Are there any academic papers to prove that your
idea, which was born just one...
Cultivate a sense of
WONDER
5
Just my imagination
Notice
What INSPIRES you
6
• Art
• Nature
Music
• Books
• psychology
Poetry • Children
• Mentors
Friends
Prime
Your mind
7
Brain-friendly
workspace
Stress-free
environment
Use creativity
triggers
Focused to-do
list
User-friendl...
Embrace counter-intuitive
possibilities
8
Seek Out Cognitive
Dissonance
9
Image credit: shutterlover.deviantart.com
Seek Out Challenging
Colleagues
Thinking
beyond
yourself
Neuron
Shock
Inspirational
debate
10
Carry Yourself over the
Threshold
11
Image credit: stephenpff
Fly High With synergy
“No man can reveal to you aught but that which
already lies half asleep in the dawning of your
knowl...
Develop interests beyond
your field
13
• Brain-
friendly
• Intuitive
Creative
• Literature
• Poetry
• What else?
Psycholog...
Try Something New Every
Day
14
New Take
On Old
Me..?
Create & channel
significant
events
to spear-head
lightning
perspecti...
Avoid Re-inventing wheels15
Image credit: disco palace
Flirt with both ends of the
spectrum
Constraints
Freedom
Which is more
Brain –friendly? ?
Limitation
or
freedom?
Flirt ima...
Stir Up Deadly Emotional
Cocktails
Image credit: Scott Veg
• Fun
• frustration
Ingredients
Are made up
of
• Surprise
• Ant...
Read & Question
"Outside of a dog, a book is probably man's best friend,
and inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." -- G...
Cultivate Inspiring Personal
Learning Networks
19
Image credit :Thinning walls by Alec Couros
Brain-friendly Communities O...
Wild Horses Can’t Catch Me!!
Flying
HIGH.
!!!
20
Hey, Slow
down –
NOT;)
Part two
Creative Relationships in the
classroom
Group Dynamics
Rapport-
building
Environments
Lessons and
courses
FUN LETTING GO LESS IS MORE
Part Three
Ways to nurture student creativity, student project
work, thinking skills, social & emotional learning,
and aut...
The Blank canvas;)1
Mind mapping2
Approaching
Student project work
Social & emotional
Technology & Collaboration
Autonomy & spontaneity
3
See social & emoti...
The Disney Creativity
Strategy
By IQ Matrix & Visually
4
Why We Need Strategies
For Creativity
My Creativity Series
5
The Dreamer, The Realist &
The Critic
• Create a dream or vision of the whole
film. ( In this case the film is your
vision...
Examine this diagram in relation to
yourself as a teacher and your
students as learners.
7
Special Effects in the
Classroom
Pygmalion
Effect
Pratfall
Effect
The bystander
Effect
• Great Expectations
• Teacher beli...
Special Effects 2
The Spotlight
Effect
The Focusing
Effect
The snowball
Effect
• Overcome shyness
• Overcome self-
doubt
•...
Special Effects 3
The Ripple Effect
10
Empowering effects for you to leverage
How to ignite the ripple
Effect in class?
11
ELT & Psychology
Lots of articles about teaching, psychology, and
special effects.
Recommended:
“You are Special”
For enco...
Visual Design & Multi-media
The importance of visual imagery in materials design
Thoughts on visual design
Story chasers
13
Dead Questions Reflect dead
Minds
14
The Art Of Socratic
questioning
Respond
Associate
Agendas
•seek
•connect
•Stimulate
•develop
•inferences
•conclusions
15
D...
Power of Creative
constraints one
In certain types of poetry
constraints can unleash
further creativity.
Constraints force...
Power Of Constraints two
Beat The Exam Blues
Transform
transformations
with comics and
multi-media
The whole story
17
This is a never-ending story
Keep dreaming
Image by diego Da Silva – midsummer night’s dream
HAD I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver
light,
The blue and the dim and the dark
cloths
Of...
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  1. 1. Creative Thinking Strategies For TEACHERS
  2. 2. Part one The creative mindset What’s new? Friend or foe? Mood Attitude Why does it matter? Quality questions
  3. 3. The Best Way To Start Thinking Is To Stop Thinking 1 Image credit: flickr DerrickT
  4. 4. Get Out Of your Own Way 2
  5. 5. 3 “I wish I had your skills – all I can draw is these real people” Avoid self-sabotaging your flow
  6. 6. Ignore The Naysayers4 Outlandish Ridiculous Are there any academic papers to prove that your idea, which was born just one second ago, has been approved by the academic community?
  7. 7. Cultivate a sense of WONDER 5 Just my imagination
  8. 8. Notice What INSPIRES you 6 • Art • Nature Music • Books • psychology Poetry • Children • Mentors Friends
  9. 9. Prime Your mind 7 Brain-friendly workspace Stress-free environment Use creativity triggers Focused to-do list User-friendly Working tools Inspiring objectives Measurable goals Manage flow
  10. 10. Embrace counter-intuitive possibilities 8
  11. 11. Seek Out Cognitive Dissonance 9 Image credit: shutterlover.deviantart.com
  12. 12. Seek Out Challenging Colleagues Thinking beyond yourself Neuron Shock Inspirational debate 10
  13. 13. Carry Yourself over the Threshold 11 Image credit: stephenpff
  14. 14. Fly High With synergy “No man can reveal to you aught but that which already lies half asleep in the dawning of your knowledge. The teacher who walks in the shadow of the temple, among his followers, gives not of his wisdom but rather of his faith and his lovingness. If he is indeed wise he does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind.” ― Khalil Gibran, The Prophet 12
  15. 15. Develop interests beyond your field 13 • Brain- friendly • Intuitive Creative • Literature • Poetry • What else? Psychology • Nurturing • Humanism Teaching Values What else?
  16. 16. Try Something New Every Day 14 New Take On Old Me..? Create & channel significant events to spear-head lightning perspectives When the normal becomes outstanding! ! Image credit: marsmet523’s photostream Theodroa’s group On Facebook
  17. 17. Avoid Re-inventing wheels15 Image credit: disco palace
  18. 18. Flirt with both ends of the spectrum Constraints Freedom Which is more Brain –friendly? ? Limitation or freedom? Flirt image by Jenny downing 16 Image by nasamarshall
  19. 19. Stir Up Deadly Emotional Cocktails Image credit: Scott Veg • Fun • frustration Ingredients Are made up of • Surprise • Anticipation • Spontaneity feelings: 5 feelings & event magic 17
  20. 20. Read & Question "Outside of a dog, a book is probably man's best friend, and inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." -- Groucho Marx 18 Image credit:jamelah
  21. 21. Cultivate Inspiring Personal Learning Networks 19 Image credit :Thinning walls by Alec Couros Brain-friendly Communities Online
  22. 22. Wild Horses Can’t Catch Me!! Flying HIGH. !!! 20 Hey, Slow down – NOT;)
  23. 23. Part two Creative Relationships in the classroom
  24. 24. Group Dynamics Rapport- building Environments Lessons and courses FUN LETTING GO LESS IS MORE
  25. 25. Part Three Ways to nurture student creativity, student project work, thinking skills, social & emotional learning, and autonomous learning skills for life. Strategies
  26. 26. The Blank canvas;)1
  27. 27. Mind mapping2
  28. 28. Approaching Student project work Social & emotional Technology & Collaboration Autonomy & spontaneity 3 See social & emotional presentation Autonomy for teenagers
  29. 29. The Disney Creativity Strategy By IQ Matrix & Visually 4
  30. 30. Why We Need Strategies For Creativity My Creativity Series 5
  31. 31. The Dreamer, The Realist & The Critic • Create a dream or vision of the whole film. ( In this case the film is your vision for learning which is deeply embedded in your inner teaching values.) The Dreamer • Look at the plan realistically. ( balance money, time, resources, and all necessary information.) The Realist • Look at the whole thing again from the point of view of a critical member of the audience. The Critic 6
  32. 32. Examine this diagram in relation to yourself as a teacher and your students as learners. 7
  33. 33. Special Effects in the Classroom Pygmalion Effect Pratfall Effect The bystander Effect • Great Expectations • Teacher belief • Mistakes are charming • Ok to be fallible • Foster social/emotional responsibility • Help them develop a social conscience 8 Limiting & empowering effects for you to leverage
  34. 34. Special Effects 2 The Spotlight Effect The Focusing Effect The snowball Effect • Overcome shyness • Overcome self- doubt • Tunnel Vision • Lack of perspective • Small beginning • Builds upon itself • Momentum 9 Limiting & empowering effects for you to leverage
  35. 35. Special Effects 3 The Ripple Effect 10 Empowering effects for you to leverage
  36. 36. How to ignite the ripple Effect in class? 11
  37. 37. ELT & Psychology Lots of articles about teaching, psychology, and special effects. Recommended: “You are Special” For encouraging students and ripple effect. Please read & respect copyright on website. By Nick Michelioudakis “I used to have super human powers but my therapist took them away – now I know I’m creative – GIVE “THEM BACK!! Quote by Esparta Palma 12
  38. 38. Visual Design & Multi-media The importance of visual imagery in materials design Thoughts on visual design Story chasers 13
  39. 39. Dead Questions Reflect dead Minds 14
  40. 40. The Art Of Socratic questioning Respond Associate Agendas •seek •connect •Stimulate •develop •inferences •conclusions 15 Detailed article Questioning & exams training
  41. 41. Power of Creative constraints one In certain types of poetry constraints can unleash further creativity. Constraints force focus & then provide a chink through which ideas shoot out like a laser beam. Like when the magnifying glass captures and intensifies the rays of the sun and creates fire. 16 Acrostic poem F- ocused I - nsights R- oar E-nergy
  42. 42. Power Of Constraints two Beat The Exam Blues Transform transformations with comics and multi-media The whole story 17
  43. 43. This is a never-ending story Keep dreaming Image by diego Da Silva – midsummer night’s dream
  44. 44. HAD I the heavens’ embroidered cloths, Enwrought with golden and silver light, The blue and the dim and the dark cloths Of night and light and the half light, I would spread the cloths under your feet: But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams. W.B. Yeats (1865–1939) And so it goes on….
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