In a creative classroom, students are active participants and are fully engaged in the learning process. The aim is to shift the responsibility from the teacher back to the learner.
- FLUENCY - generating lots of ideas.
- FLEXIBILITY - the ability to shift perspective and come up with a variety of ideas.
- ELABORATION - building on and expanding existing ideas.
- ORIGINALITY - coming up with new ideas.
- writing without using the letter 'e'. (This is something that I've done with an upper intermediate class, using this British Council podcast and worksheet.)
- using writing prompts. For example, http://writingexercises.co.uk/ has a first line generator for creative writing.
- using Flickr five card stories to encourage inventive narratives.
- giving students the first lines of proverbs and getting them to invent the endings. Then they can think of stories in their own lives that prove or disprove the proverb.
- 'My Life in Film' - encourage learners to write their life story as a movie trailer using prompts (in the beginning....., then...., later......, a big decision......, now........, etc.).
There are six basic emotions:
- look at pictures and discuss these emotions.
- talk about situations when we've felt these emotions.
- write some 'emotions poetry'.
- Take students outside of the classroom. The effect is often very liberating and gets the creative juices flowing.
- Use a website like Voxopop to get students talking. You could, for example, ask them to talk about their 'perfect day'.
- Make a film.
- Use a video to stimulate discussion. For example, you could use this video about Banksy to trigger the debate, 'Is grafitti art or vandalism?'
- Show images of people and ask, 'What kind of person do you think he/she is and why?'
- Choose images to create a 'Museum of Me' - include pictures of clothes, food, drink, books, places, etc.
- Use eltpics - get students to choose pictures which are indicative of them and write a story or do a presentation around them.
Finally, we need to be.......