CREATIVITY IN THE CLASSROOM IN THEORY AND PRACTICE
This course offers plenty of options on how to make your lessons more creative; teachers of any subject can increase the level of creativity and make their lessons more dynamic, interesting and memorable. Creativity in 21st-century classrooms is something of absolute necessity when the teacher has to be maximally engaged to make the student interested. The course is structured into training modules, each of which focuses upon a particular area related to creative thinking and its development in education. Each module incorporates both the current theory of creativity in psychology and cognitive science, and its application for teachers of all subjects through innovative teaching methods. The course provides a platform for development of teaching materials and tools as well as for discussions, reflection and feedback. The teachers will get direct experience with activities that develop critical and creative thinking.
The methodological approach implicates:
Ice – Breaking and Warm – Up Sessions
Team – Building Sessions
Creation of an individual learning pathway for the learners;
Problem – Solving Activities
Project – Solving Activities
Goal – Setting sessions
Decision – Making Sessions
Planning an Structuring
Negotiation and Persuasion
Self – Motivation Sessions
Improving the creative thinking skills of both teachers and their students.
Developing tools and techniques for innovative problem-solving.
Provoking responses to untypical problems; Lateral thinking;
Encouraging students to question as a tool of learning.
Fostering imagination and enjoyment through creative thinking.
Exchanging experiences and cross-cultural practices in creativity and innovation.
Introduction to Creative Thinking Skills
Outline of Neurobiology and the Creative Process / Assessment
Teaching Creative Thinking
Types of Intelligences, Learning Styles
Cultivating Culture Awareness
The Importance of Dispositions and Metacognition
Bloom’s taxonomy and designing creative tasks
Creativity through Inquiry-Based Learning
Project workshop and presentations
Learning how to draw students' attention through a learner-based approach
Making your lessons more creative
Learning how to apply lateral thinking in the classroom
Improved creative thinking skills of both teachers and their students
Development of tools and techniques for innovative problem solving
Learning how to approach the student considering multiple intelligence theory
Improvement of language and communication skills
Increased capacity to cooperate on an international level
Getting practical ideas for applying in classroom
Enhanced intercultural awareness
Internationalization at the level of education
Acquisition of practical language to be used in the classroom, of new techniques, ideas
Trainees will be given soft and hard copies of all lesson materials, which they presenting to their colleagues at their own organizations to generate interest in 21st-century teaching methods with creative thinking. In addition, a mailing list of participants will be created in order to exchange ideas/experiences. Self-evaluation materials will be provided. At the end of the course, the participants will accomplish a questionnaire in order to get detailed feedback on the effectiveness of the training event.
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