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Developing creative & critical thinking skills in teachers in training IATEFL Glasgow 2017


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Critical and creative thinking are needed by teachers - some activities in this short presentation may be useful to trainers

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Developing creative & critical thinking skills in teachers in training IATEFL Glasgow 2017

  1. 1. Developing creative & critical thinking skills in teachers in training IATEFL Glasgow 2017 Marisa Constantinides Teacher Educator / Director of CELT, Teacher Development Centre
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  3. 3. Why creative thinking training • Lesson Planning • Course Planning • Adapt existing materials • Create their own materials • Design material quickly and off the cuff • Respond to learner needs with more confidence • Generate more ideas for their classes
  4. 4. Why critical thinking training • Internet • Multitude of Blogs • Quality of content • Ready-made materials online • Gurus • Trends & Fashions in ELT
  5. 5. Critical Thinking Creative Thinking Teacher Thinking
  6. 6. According to the World Economic Forum priorities are changing
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  8. 8. Playful ParadoxicalFun Emotional Safe Praised Scaffolded
  9. 9. • thrives within constraints • benefits from the paradox • is triggered by what is unusual • dies when things get too normal • is sparked off by humour • is revived by exaggeration Creativity
  10. 10. Mix n’ match them Small & Big time Think about what they do as you try them out Some activity suggestions
  11. 11. You were seen leading a group of blindfolded students through a mall after listening to a dialogue You were seen gluing shoes on the door outside your classroom before a grammar lesson
  12. 12. CLT PPP TBL SW LA CLL GT Balloon debates Put some real gurus in the balloon too if you dare!
  13. 13. Six Thinking Hats Focus on the first 15 minutes of the lesson you will be observing and write your comments – only those related to your given thinking hat
  14. 14. …or like this
  15. 15. Cards to give out like this
  16. 16. Drilling Roleplays Use of L2 Use of L1 PPP TBL vs vs vs Pairs battle it out trying to draw each other into talking about their preoccupation
  17. 17. Desert Island – choose 5 items to teach for a week on a this island a DVD player
  18. 18. Evaluating
  19. 19. •Mark/highlight all unnecessary talk •Add an activity after each stage for better transitions •Add some/more scaffolding •Omit anything not needed •Change stages or activities with ones you think will work better Working with Transcripts of lessons Transcription software There is also a chrome extension available
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  21. 21. Most useful tools from Bloom’s digital taxonomy And some more Critical Thinking Creative Thinking
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  23. 23. •Practise•Try out •Share•Learn Curate Connect PersevereChallenge
  24. 24. Diigo Pinterest
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  26. 26. • Designing a wix, facebook • Filming lessons on mobile phones or tablets • Wiki-ing Collaborating wiki type pads Edmodo, Twiducate • Publishing issuu yudu You Tube wordpress • Videocasting skype, livestream • Podcasting Voxopop Voicethread Soundcloud Podomatic • Blogging Wordpress, Blogger or Tumblr • Taking part in hashtagged discussions on Twitter #ELTchat Some tech tools which we have found useful
  27. 27. Download this free book which is FULL of great ideas of creative activities • Click here for the download
  28. 28. Email Twitter CELT Athes Blogs Facebook risa.Constantinides