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Classroom Tinkers & Inventors

Classroom Tinkers & Inventors | Creativity in English Language Teaching (EFL) | Scoop.it
The authors of "Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom" share an exciting guest post at Anne Jolly's STEM Imagineering blog.
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Makers in the classroom: Can the maker movement take form inside the EFL classroom? What might we make?

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How Kids Lose Their Creativity As They Age (And How To Prevent It)

How Kids Lose Their Creativity As They Age (And How To Prevent It) | Creativity in English Language Teaching (EFL) | Scoop.it
Ever since the 1950s, children have undergone a test for tracking their creativity, in similar fashion to the IQ test. Professor E. Paul Torrance developed the series of tasks, which are administered by a psychologist, to a subject to measure the person’s ability to produce something original and useful. No [...]
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5 steps toward strengthening creativity.

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ゲイバー・タリー「子どもにさせるべき5つの危険なこと」 - YouTube

Gever Tulley: 5 dangerous things you should let your kids do (with Japanese subtitles) From TED, March 2007 Translated by Wataru Narita Reviewed by Masahiro ...
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Tulley argues that an important part of a child's development is experimenting with dangerous things. This can be done while helping them be creative, learn safety, and gain control over their environment.

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A New Role for Avatars: Learning Languages

A New Role for Avatars: Learning Languages | Creativity in English Language Teaching (EFL) | Scoop.it
Most experts agree that the best way to learn a language is by immersing yourself in it. Now, with  more sophisticated technology, another theory around lang
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Avatars can take the use of personalization in English classes advocated by David Paul to a whole new level.

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What teachers make

What teachers make | Creativity in English Language Teaching (EFL) | Scoop.it
Ever heard the phrase "Those who can't do, teach"? At the Bowery Poetry Club, slam poet Taylor Mali begs to differ, and delivers a powerful, 3-minute response on behalf of educators everywhere.
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Teacher Poetry Slam! "You wanna know what I make? I make kids work harder than they ever thought they could. . . ."

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How Visual Thinking Improves Writing

How Visual Thinking Improves Writing | Creativity in English Language Teaching (EFL) | Scoop.it
Encouraging kids to think in pictures and words can free up their creativity and language skills as they write.
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Have you tried freewriting with pictures? In this project, ungraded writing and freedom of expression increased desire to write as well as writing skills. EFL students can connect art and writing at the phonic, word, or sentence level before getting into writing paragraphs.

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Play is the cornerstone of creative learning

Play is the cornerstone of creative learning | Creativity in English Language Teaching (EFL) | Scoop.it
Time spent playing fosters children's curiosity and social skills. But with playtime vanishing from the school agenda as they get older, are we stifling their development?
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Excellent insight into making classrooms better environments for creativity and helping bust the myth that games and creativity are unimportant.

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John Cleese on the 5 Factors to Make Your Life More Creative

John Cleese on the 5 Factors to Make Your Life More Creative | Creativity in English Language Teaching (EFL) | Scoop.it
"Creativity is not a talent. It is a way of operating."

Much has been said about how creativity works, its secrets, its origins, and what
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John Cleese reflects on creativity in a 1991 speech. "The most creative professionals always played with the problem for much longer before they tried to resolve it. Because they were prepared to tolerate that slight discomfort [. . .] that we all experience when we haven't solved the problem."

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More Doodling Makes For Better Learning

More Doodling Makes For Better Learning | Creativity in English Language Teaching (EFL) | Scoop.it
Science Doodling is often seen as a sign of distraction. If you're doodling, you're not paying attention. If you're drawing, you're not taking notes. You
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The benefits of doodling can have a significant impact on student engagement in an EFL class. Learners can draw a picture, then label it with an English word or sentence--or, from given words, draw a picture. Their creative expression helps them connect with the new language and feel a heightened sense of ownership.

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Uncommon Genius: Stephen Jay Gould On Why Connections Are The Key to Creativity

Uncommon Genius: Stephen Jay Gould On Why Connections Are The Key to Creativity | Creativity in English Language Teaching (EFL) | Scoop.it
"The trick to creativity, if there is a single useful thing to say about it, is to identify your own peculiar talent and then to settle down
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Finding patterns and making connections lie at the heart of creativity--and at the heart of language learning. 

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Stefon Harris: There are no mistakes on the bandstand

What is a mistake? By talking through examples with his improvisational Jazz quartet, Stefon Harris walks us to a profound truth: many actions are perceived as mistakes only because we don't react to them appropriately.

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Stefon Harris illustrates how creativity can flow if we give up the perception of clear correct or incorrect actions and concentrate more on listening paitently and collaborating to let things evolve into organic original ideas. Every "mistake" is an opportunity, he says, and the creative flow turns into a "purifying experience." Furthermore, trying to micromanage the musicians "actually limits the artistic possibilities."

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David Kelley: How to build your creative confidence

Is your school or workplace divided into "creatives" versus practical people? Yet surely, David Kelley suggests, creativity is not the domain of only a chosen few. Telling stories from his legendary design career and his own life, he offers ways to build the confidence to create... (From The Design Studio session at TED2012, guest-curated by Chee Pearlman and David Rockwell.)

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W.B. Yeats put words to the delicate nature of our aspirations in social context: "I have spread my dreams under your feet / Tread softly because you tread on my dreams." As teachers, we must be careful of how we have considerable, and often unconscious, power to crush hopes, dreams, and creative thinking. 

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Why Emotional Excess is Essential to Writing and Creativity

Why Emotional Excess is Essential to Writing and Creativity | Creativity in English Language Teaching (EFL) | Scoop.it
"Something is always born of excess: great art was born of great terrors, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities, and it always
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Sure, teachers focus on students developing their creative insticts, but what about themselves? Embracing our roughest days of struggle in the classroom, experiencing the intense frustration of life to the fullest--it's part of living and being human. Creative reflection on our experiences can turn them into art and balance them out in turn. Why not write or draw about what you find most difficult as a teacher? Questions to ourselves appear in our art and lead us to new growth and development.

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Teaching Students to Dig Deeper

Teaching Students to Dig Deeper | Creativity in English Language Teaching (EFL) | Scoop.it
A backwoodsman went to a home improvement store and purchased a chainsaw to replace an old, worn-out saw. After a month, the backwoodsman returned the saw to the store, complaining, "It doesn'
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As language learners reach higher levels of complexity with the language, their creative thinking also can become more complex. For learners, thinking about things both analytically and critically--there is a difference between these two higher-order thinking skills, explained here--gives them an advantage in developing new ideas. Once an idea is understood (analyzed), then one can make decisions about its value (criticized).

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Learning to take risks, learning to succeed | Nesta

Learning to take risks, learning to succeed | Nesta | Creativity in English Language Teaching (EFL) | Scoop.it
This report outlines ways of developing an informed attitude towards risk taking.
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Risk taking is a core skill, essential for innovation, this NESTA report finds. "It can be facilitated through some simple measures, for example giving young people greater freedom to design their own projects and fostering a learning culture that supports independent thinking. Involvement with real projects, entrepreneurs and professionals can also help young people to see the real benefits of risk taking." 

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The Forbidden Education subtitled English (Movie HD) - La Educación Prohibida - YouTube

http://www.eternaluz.org Next videos: http://goo.gl/qI622 Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/eternaluz.org Twitter: http://twitter.com/eternaluzorg Google+ ht...
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Excellent feature-length documentary on education. If you are interested in the ideas of Sir Ken Robinson, Maria Montessori, Paolo Freire, David Paul, and others, you'll love this. Watch for free.
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How to draw animals | TeachingEnglish | British Council | BBC

Teachers Short video.

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Teachers don't need to be expert artists in the English classroom, but this video shows how to draw a dozen or so pretty cute animals simply and quickly.

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Freedom Writers (2007)

Freedom Writers (2007) | Creativity in English Language Teaching (EFL) | Scoop.it
Directed by Richard LaGravenese. With Hilary Swank, Imelda Staunton, Patrick Dempsey, Scott Glenn. A young teacher inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves, and pursue education beyond high school.
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Students plagued by violence and racial tensions realize with their teacher’s help that they are actually more alike than different. Ms. G’s determination to work through administration’s roadblocks, really listen to her students, ask tough questions, and use innovative methods opens up their natural desire to learn and for the first time develop themselves through study.

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The Joy Of Making Things « Annie Murphy Paul

The Joy Of Making Things « Annie Murphy Paul | Creativity in English Language Teaching (EFL) | Scoop.it
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Why tinkering and building are important for children. Extending this to EFL, children can converse in simple English with the teacher and each other as they build things together. The analogy can also be extended to tinkering with language--experimenting in a trial-and-error manner to find out what language works instead of being given a straight explanation of the language and being told to memorize it.

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Toys 'R' Us U.K. Agrees To End Gender Marketing

Toys 'R' Us U.K. Agrees To End Gender Marketing | Creativity in English Language Teaching (EFL) | Scoop.it
Toys "R" Us announced Friday that its U.K. stores will stop labeling toys "boys" and "girls." New standards will be set for in-store signage and images will show children of both genders playing with the same toys.
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A big thumbs up to unlabeling toys as "for girls" or "for boys." We concur that the marketing of certain toys according to gender can influence children a great deal by limiting their creative thought. Similarly, in the classroom, when teachers create deep divisions between sexes in kindergarten (girls should be drawn with long hair and skirts, boys should choose blue instead of pink, for example), we are not helping them to expand their creative horizons and think openly and independently.

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Classroom Tinkers & Inventors

Classroom Tinkers & Inventors | Creativity in English Language Teaching (EFL) | Scoop.it
The authors of "Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom" share an exciting guest post at Anne Jolly's STEM Imagineering blog.
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Makers in the classroom: Can the maker movement take form inside the EFL classroom? What might we make?

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Above And Beyond

Created through collaboration by members of Partnership for 21st Century Skills and the talented folks at FableVision, Above & Beyond is a story about what i...
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Short story set to animation: Following directions vs. open-ended thinking and tinkering. Although creative grammar and pronunciation, for example, may not result in students taking flight with English, other parts of the lesson can be highly creative. Game strategies, acting out books, drawing pictures and labeling or describing them--these and many other activities can get the students using their imagination each lesson.

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To Get Students Invested, Involve Them in Decisions Big and Small | MindShift

To Get Students Invested, Involve Them in Decisions Big and Small | MindShift | Creativity in English Language Teaching (EFL) | Scoop.it
It can be amazing and illuminating, once this door is opened, to see and hear the myriad ways that students understand learning and engagement.
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Creativity can develop around formulating a good question rather than diving straight in to solve a problem. Did you ask a good question today?

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when there is a correct answer Exercise in creative thinking

A correct answer kills the creativity. See what happens when third grade students think there is a correct answer.I would be thankful if other teachers from ...
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Two-minute video on a creativity exercise for primary school students.

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Sophia Mavridi's curator insight, June 24, 2013 1:53 AM

A simple video on creative thinking. The bottom line is that telling students that there is a correct answer might kill creativity.

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How do Finnish kids excel without rote learning and standardized testing?

How do Finnish kids excel without rote learning and standardized testing? | Creativity in English Language Teaching (EFL) | Scoop.it
The OECD’s PISA studies show Finnish students are among the best in the world in reading, math and science.
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The world is catching wind of Finland, which notes the change in our understanding of creativity and its immense importance. With the modern world's complex problems, innovation requires collaboration, collective knowledge, and team-based problem solving rather than a single person's genius idea. Perhaps we should model schools based on how innovation happens rather than on experiencing competition: "Teaching and learning in schools should rely on priciples of active participation, social interaction, and reflection."

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The Power of Process: What Young Mozart Teaches Us About the Secret of Cultivating Genius

The Power of Process: What Young Mozart Teaches Us About the Secret of Cultivating Genius | Creativity in English Language Teaching (EFL) | Scoop.it
On the "powerful blend of instruction, encouragement, and constant practice."

"The trick to creativity … is to identify your own peculi
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David Shenk argues against the idea that genius is merely a special gift, instead suggesting that it is the product of relentless concentrated and assisted effort toward satisfying deep curiosities. Mozart, he explains, had the immense support of a musically accomplished and ambitious father/teacher and elder sister role model.

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