20+ Ideas to Supercharge Classroom Creativity

Creativity is something that we have to nurture as teachers. In this blog post and episode, I share some of the ways I believe nurture creativity in students.

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Listen to Vicki Davis share techniques for nurturing creativity in the classroom

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Ideas to Promote Creativity in Your Classroom – Show Notes

1 – Make a Digital Learning Launchpad

  • Hyperdocs.co
  • Hyperdoc choice board for typing games

2 – Make a Hyperdoc for App Smashing activities

  • Gives suggestion of the apps to do
  • Students can document their learning journey by commenting on squares and coloring in what they've done

3 – Create a Learning Library of Books in Your Classroom

  • By topic
  • As part of an “Invention Convention” to spur on ideas

4 – Have an “Invention Convention”

  • Put resources of all kinds out on the table and let children choose things to create and invent with as they work on inventing new things and sharing with their classmates.

5- Create a Library of Maker Materials

  • Make it easy to tinker and invent with a rich library of resources and materials.

6 – Teach Kids to Use the Tutorials Inside Software Programs

7 – Create Curated Playlists by Topic on YouTube

8 – Label Materials with What They Are and the “Role”

  • In my film cabinet, I might put “Gaffer” or “Sound Engineer” or “Hair and Makeup Department” or other roles that a professional who would use those materials would play. This helps students understand who would use those materials.

9 – Teach Students “Search Engine Math”

10 – Teach Students to Look Up Cool “Hacks” or “Tricks” for the Software They Are Using

11 – Help Students Connect with Mentors: Mentor Film Library

  • Film those who come teach your class and make a “mentor library” of videos that new students can consult as they join the class in the future.

12 – Create Multi-Age Mentor Experiences

  • Help students mentor one another on a topic across grade level

13 – Create a Mentor “Slack” Channel

  • If you use slack, make a “mentor channel” where mentors can help students.

14 – Help Kids Connect with Online Mentors

15 – Help Students Look for their Giftedness and Interests

16 – Create Topical Club Activities and Special Interest Times

17 – Issue Challenges and Activities for Students

18 – Create Special Interest Projects for Students

  • Bloxels – making your own video game (mentioned on the show)

19 – Expose Students to Kids Doing Cool Things

20 – Let Students See You Creating Things

  • Get feedback from students on what you create

21 – Teach Students How to Brainstorm

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Kate Axtell November 7, 2019 - 7:28 pm

I really love all your ideas! I will be using the idea of an “Invention Convention”!

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