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  • 1. Creative Thinking Strategies For TEACHERS
  • 2. Part one The creative mindset What’s new? Friend or foe? Mood Attitude Why does it matter? Quality questions
  • 3. The Best Way To Start Thinking Is To Stop Thinking 1 Image credit: flickr DerrickT
  • 4. Get Out Of your Own Way 2
  • 5. 3 “I wish I had your skills – all I can draw is these real people” Avoid self-sabotaging your flow
  • 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. Cultivate a sense of WONDER 5 Just my imagination
  • 8. Notice What INSPIRES you 6 • Art • Nature Music • Books • psychology Poetry • Children • Mentors Friends
  • 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. Embrace counter-intuitive possibilities 8
  • 11. Seek Out Cognitive Dissonance 9 Image credit: shutterlover.deviantart.com
  • 12. Seek Out Challenging Colleagues Thinking beyond yourself Neuron Shock Inspirational debate 10
  • 13. Carry Yourself over the Threshold 11 Image credit: stephenpff
  • 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. Develop interests beyond your field 13 • Brain- friendly • Intuitive Creative • Literature • Poetry • What else? Psychology • Nurturing • Humanism Teaching Values What else?
  • 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. Avoid Re-inventing wheels15 Image credit: disco palace
  • 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. 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. 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. Cultivate Inspiring Personal Learning Networks 19 Image credit :Thinning walls by Alec Couros Brain-friendly Communities Online
  • 22. Wild Horses Can’t Catch Me!! Flying HIGH. !!! 20 Hey, Slow down – NOT;)
  • 23. Part two Creative Relationships in the classroom
  • 24. Group Dynamics Rapport- building Environments Lessons and courses FUN LETTING GO LESS IS MORE
  • 25. Part Three Ways to nurture student creativity, student project work, thinking skills, social & emotional learning, and autonomous learning skills for life. Strategies
  • 26. The Blank canvas;)1
  • 27. Mind mapping2
  • 28. Approaching Student project work Social & emotional Technology & Collaboration Autonomy & spontaneity 3 See social & emotional presentation Autonomy for teenagers
  • 29. The Disney Creativity Strategy By IQ Matrix & Visually 4
  • 30. Why We Need Strategies For Creativity My Creativity Series 5
  • 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. Examine this diagram in relation to yourself as a teacher and your students as learners. 7
  • 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. 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. Special Effects 3 The Ripple Effect 10 Empowering effects for you to leverage
  • 36. How to ignite the ripple Effect in class? 11
  • 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. Visual Design & Multi-media The importance of visual imagery in materials design Thoughts on visual design Story chasers 13
  • 39. Dead Questions Reflect dead Minds 14
  • 40. The Art Of Socratic questioning Respond Associate Agendas •seek •connect •Stimulate •develop •inferences •conclusions 15 Detailed article Questioning & exams training
  • 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. Power Of Constraints two Beat The Exam Blues Transform transformations with comics and multi-media The whole story 17
  • 43. This is a never-ending story Keep dreaming Image by diego Da Silva – midsummer night’s dream
  • 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….