Aim 4

 

TP Competence

Implementation and Planning

Aim four

Employ a range of effective elicitation through activities that encourage creativity.

Rationale

               Finding a way to encourage students’ creativity and encourage them. My role as a teacher is to respond to students’ interest and make the learning more interesting. Additionally, It’s about how creative you respond to children’s interests and what you choose to do about a topic or interest—going beyond the obvious. For example, when you notice that a child is interested in trucks, you do not just think ‘I’ll find some books on trucks and encourage her to do a painting of a truck. Moreover, most importantly, have fun, value and enjoy each other in a secure environment where students can be creative and imaginative “Creativity isn’t just in the doing. It’s an attitude and approach that says, ‘We’ll learn from every experience’. You have to build a safe, secure place for educators and children, where it’s okay to take risks and to make mistakes”(Connor, 2001).

         Creativity and creative thinking are linked together, especially in young children. When children ask questions, or make observations or face a problem in their play, they find creative solutions to their problems and think creatively about it. Thus, my role as a teacher is to provide them with opportunities to choose how to express their ideas, and encourage their answers and reactions whether they are normal or abnormal. This creates a positive environment for children to show their creativity.

Therefore, I choose this area of development to improve my planning for learning and provide an enriching and positive environment for young learners.

Strategies

To achieve my aim I need to:

  • Make available a range of materials that encourage creative expression—for example, paints, blocks, paper, glue, pencils and crayons.
  • Support children to feel a sense of ownership of, and responsibility for, equipment and materials—let them choose and help them learn to care for things.
  • Give sensory experiences and opportunities to explore and experiment with materials.
  •  Plan opportunities for children to collaborate with each other and to be open to others’ perspectives.

Evaluation

                   As I assess my year and look back at my lesson’s activities that I have created, I look at a variety of great activities that are creative and individually unique. I have provided different activities that encourage creativity by providing different materials for the students to choose from. I also provide activities that are interesting to the students, which I knew from the observations I did for my action research such as craft and hands on activities.  Additionally, during science lessons, I provided engaging lessons and activities for the students that  helped them grasp the concept better, for example, we had been learning about traffic, so we created a display with traffic lights showing the different lights and what they meant. Each student in the classroom participated in the display and they gave some suggestions and created their own display with different craft and painting techniques. The students show creativity through a different range of activities over the year. As I reviewed the students’ work, it’s obvious how the creativity had grown along the way and how the different activities helped the students to show and express their creativity as well.  Through providing different types of materials and integrating different activities with art, craft and a diversity of print and paint techniques, the students were able to feel comfortable to show their creativity. Therefore, I believe that these activities were very effective in encouraging the creativity.

Evidence

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