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Nurturing Creativity in the Classroom

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Sarah Howell Plenary session
LEND Summer School Sirolo, Italy 2016

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Nurturing Creativity in the Classroom

  1. 1. NURTURING CREATIVITY IN THE CLASSROOM Sarah M Howell Summer School LEND Sirolo 2016
  2. 2. Today’s talk… • Creativity • When? How? Who? • Skills / strategies Shaun Tan
  3. 3. “I like this class because there’s something different going on all the time. My other classes, it’s like peanut butter for lunch every single day. This class, it’s like my teacher really knows how to cook. It’s like she runs a really good restaurant with a big menu and all.” 5th grade student, in a comment from a course evaluation (Tomlinson)
  4. 4. Creativity • Everyday or extracurricular • Micromoments • To understand or be understood • Asking known questions • Avoinding curricular chaos • Dismissing unexpected ideas to avoid chaos AND creativity • Supporting learning AND creativity • Making room for cretive potential of the micro moments • Lessons plan flexibility • Explore then evaluate • Balanced feedback and chances to revisit ideas
  5. 5. Differentiated instruction Teachers can differentiate… Content Process Product Learning Profile InterestsReadiness According to students… Based on C. Tomlinson’s model Environment What we teach How we teach How students show learning Where we teach Formative assessment Know every student Learning styles
  6. 6. Basic skills • Group/pair work • Graphic organizers • Keyboard skills • Internet safety
  7. 7. Assessment • Pre-assessment / formative • Summative / grading • Retakes!!!
  8. 8. Quick “formative” assessments Hand signals Think. Pair. Share. Picture prompts Exit cards Twitter board Questioning
  9. 9. Strategies / activities • Flexible groups / seating plans • Study Buddy • Homework Checker • Graphic organizers • Stepped tasks • Challenge to think
  10. 10. Group work / pairwork • Planning • Instructions • Rules• Timing • Transitions• Roles • Class
  11. 11. Buddy - choose carefully! • Caring, patient, helpful, responsible • Want to do it • Set clear goals – give buddy a task card • Flexible
  12. 12. Rewarding Behaviour Outstanding Role Model Showing PRIDE Ready to learn Thinking about it Reflecting Parent contact
  13. 13. Homework checker 1. 3 different options of homework 2. Back in class – in homework group 3. Group discussion 4. Teacher rotates 5. Teacher can collect in homework Kristina Doubet, Differentiation Central
  14. 14. Graphic organizers Venn web ap BME chart Cause/effect chart Story map Sequence chart
  15. 15. GO’s • Online • Printables (free!) • Teacher’s own • Pupil’s own…
  16. 16. Stepped
  17. 17. “Challenge to think…” Choice board Ed games chest Picture books Class blog Digital projects
  18. 18. Stepped
  19. 19. “Challenge to think…” Choice board Ed games chest Picture books Class blog Digital projects
  20. 20. Reading • Individual reading • Buddy / paired reading • Group reading • Whole class reading 1000’s of ebooks!
  21. 21. Character • Describing the character • map with pictures and words • map with words • map with words + sentence
  22. 22. Retell • Verbal retell • Oral with book (+ map) • Oral pictures only (VoiceThread, PowerPoint) • Oral from memory (with puppet)
  23. 23. Cause and effect • Look-back with book • Written with worksheets (gap fills/prompts) • Questioning • Making inferences
  24. 24. Book review • Title, Author, Publisher • Setting • Characters • Conflict / resolution • Your opinion
  25. 25. ???
  26. 26. Sarah M Howell smhowell@univpm.it I KEEP six honest serving-men (They taught me all I knew); Their names are What and Why and When And How and Where and Who. Rudyard Kipling

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