Injecting creativity into your teaching can be as difficult as inspiring creativity in your students. We have collected some of our favorite ways you can start to open up your teaching practice to new creative teaching methods.
Be open to new ideas
It can be hard to step out of your comfort zone and open up your classroom to new ideas, but it may be just what you need to get creative with your teaching. Adding in blended learning, project based learning, and social emotional learning can elevate your teaching and your students.
Set aside time for the creative thinking
Prioritize making time in your day to think of ways to infuse creativity into your practice. Choose a time when you can focus for 5-10 minutes without any interruptions. Collect your thoughts in a creativity journal or your Pinterest board.
Follow through with creative ideas
Spend time on each idea you’ve brainstormed and create a plan of action for your classroom. Whether it’s a small project or a longitudinal one, try to set a timeline to integrate your ideas.
Create a flexible classroom layout
With all your new creative lessons you’ll need various types of space. Keep your classroom flexible and you will find creative teaching very relaxed and enjoyable. Check out our blog on creative classroom design to learn more.
Be Inspired by TED Talks
TED talks are a great way to inspire creativity in your practice. They’re an excellent source of information and can impact your teaching in many ways. Here are some of our favorites.
Teach Teachers How to Create Magic- Christopher Emdin
How to Fix a Broken School? Lead Fearlessly, Love Hard- Linda Cliatt-Wayman
Hey Science Teachers- Make it Fun- Tyler Dewitt
Every Kid Needs a Champion- Rita Pierson
Being creative takes time, but it can have major positive impacts in your classroom. Creative teaching can lead to increased student engagement and better classroom management, while keeping your love of teaching alive.CE Credits Online has been providing online professional development courses to teachers in NYC, LAUSD, and across the country for almost 20 years.