Creativity in English Language Teaching (EFL)
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Helping creativity come alive in students as well as teachers of English as a Foreign Language
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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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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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May 20, 1990: Advice on Life and Creative Integrity from Calvin and Hobbes Creator Bill Watterson

May 20, 1990: Advice on Life and Creative Integrity from <em>Calvin and Hobbes</em> Creator Bill Watterson | Creativity in English Language Teaching (EFL) | Scoop.it
"The truth is, most of us discover where we are headed when we arrive."

'Tis the season for glorious life advice dispensed by cap-and-gow
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As teachers wanting to help students develop their creativity, we need to understand more and more about creativity ourselves and develop a theoretical framework that informs our lesson plans and daily actions in the classroom. A young Bill Watterson here asserts the importance of playful inquistiveness to creativity, to connect your career with your personal purpose and pursue it with grit, and to recharge your mind like a car battery--by running the engine.

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Inspiring classrooms and learning environments – in pictures

Inspiring classrooms and learning environments – in pictures | Creativity in English Language Teaching (EFL) | Scoop.it
From double-decker learning buses to tree-top classrooms and eco-huts, this photo gallery explores how schools experiment with their learning spaces
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Thinking about redesigning your classroom? Science is noticing that environment--as in space, lighting, color, furniture, and more--has an effect on how much learning happens in a classroom. Here are 14 pictures of unusual and creative learning environments to get the ideas flowing.

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'How Creativity Works': It's All In Your Imagination : NPR

'How Creativity Works': It's All In Your Imagination : NPR | Creativity in English Language Teaching (EFL) | Scoop.it
In his new book, Imagine, Jonah Lehrer explores the art and science of original thinking — from Shakespearean tragedies to the invention of masking tape to Nike's "Just Do It" campaign. And when you get stuck?
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Lehrer discusses switching activities when at a loss creatively, altering the workspace to promote creativity, and how creative insights build on reflection on the work of others--all things that can apply to the EFL classroom. Audio from NPR, 8 min.

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Not One Less (1999)

Not One Less (1999) | Creativity in English Language Teaching (EFL) | Scoop.it
Directed by Yimou Zhang. With Minzhi Wei, Huike Zhang, Zhenda Tian, Enman Gao. In a remote mountain village, the teacher must leave for a month, and the mayor can find only a 13-year old girl, Wei Minzhi, to substitute.
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An inspiring film about teaching and learning by one of the world's premiere living directors, Yimou Zhang. Finding herself in the sudden position of village primary school teacher, a 13-year-old girl feels tremendous responsibility with the loss of a troublemaker student who is forced to leave school to find work in the city. She finds a passion for keeping everyone together. Ditching the routine of rote lessons, she and her pupils put their heads together to bring their fellow student home. Project work, task-based learning, teaching through questioning, student collaboration, autonomy, ownership and more are all present, without a word of modern teaching jargon uttered. This is a must-see film for teachers.

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Elementary School Artists

Elementary School Artists | Creativity in English Language Teaching (EFL) | Scoop.it

Does your 8 year old play as freely as she did when she wasyounger? Your child's natural creative expression may give way to a broader focus on homework, sports, friends, and clubs like scouting as she gets older. If you want to keep your child engaged in imagination, creativity, and the arts, here are some suggestions:

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Developing creativity doesn't have to stop when the bell rings. Here are a few ideas that you can adopt for your students--or, work with parents to help develop creativity at home. It doesn't only have to be about "English." But what are some ways you could add English to these projects?

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Talent Isn’t Fixed and Other Mindsets That Lead to Greatness - 99U

Talent Isn’t Fixed and Other Mindsets That Lead to Greatness - 99U | Creativity in English Language Teaching (EFL) | Scoop.it
When we welcome the creative struggle we're more likely to succeed.
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"You're a genius!" Helpful to say--or not? Interview with Standford's Carol Dweck, one of the leading authorities on praise. If children are praised to think they are talented or smart, they will be less willing to attempt challenges. Conversely, children praised for effort tend to develop a "growth mindset" that invites challenge. This interview focuses on adults and how this affects creative work and includes examples of feedback and criticizm.

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What’s The Best Time of Day to be Creative? — PsyBlog

What’s The Best Time of Day to be Creative? — PsyBlog | Creativity in English Language Teaching (EFL) | Scoop.it
New research finds circadian rhythms in our creativity.
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We may be limited by class times, but perhaps we can help students realize that their potential creative peak outputs during the day may differ individually. Working on puzzles or howmework requiring creative insight might be best approached with pauses and reflection at various times during the day rather trying to complete them at arbirarily appointed times.

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The Value of Taking a Productive Pause

The Value of Taking a Productive Pause | Creativity in English Language Teaching (EFL) | Scoop.it
Use the natural wiring of your brain to your advantage and wrangle that illusive problem-solving insight by taking a break and being open to serendipity.
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Taking a productive pause can not only help creativity, but also learning foreign language patterns and vocabulary. After discovering new language, students will benefit from shifting their thoughts onto another matter and then returning to the new langauge. Often, reflection on what has been studied in the classroom happens hours, days, or weeks later results in flashes of insight.

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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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Don’t be an ‘idea killer’: 10 tips for cultivating creativity | Poynter.

Create. Inform. Engage. | Journalism training, media news & how to's
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Creativity isn't just for English class. It for all aspects of life. Management and leadership expert Jill Geisler adds referenced insight into creating a culture of creativity. Just like in a business meeting, giving students the space to generate their own ideas about how things work is critical to learning and growing.

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Ken Robinson: How to escape education's death valley | Video on TED.com

Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish -- and how current education culture works against them.
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Sir Ken Robinson's newest TED talk inspires a revolution in education informed by the natural characteristics of human beings that will allow learning to flourish. This is a can't miss, highly motivating performance with a sincere, well-informed, and commonsense message. 

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10 Reasons Why Humor Is A Key To Success At Work

10 Reasons Why Humor Is A Key To Success At Work | Creativity in English Language Teaching (EFL) | Scoop.it
If and when it's employed properly, humor can be a key to success at work. Here's how.
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Because using humor well in the workplace can be tricky, it often gets underutilized by teachers both in the classroom and in administrative circles. But among these 10 reasons why humor is key to success at work--and in the classroom--you might find a few surprises:

* People will enjoy being around you

* It puts others at ease

* It helps build trust

* Humor contributes to creative thinking

* It can also boost productivity

Find out more in the article.

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IMAGINE: How Creativity Works

Flash Rosenberg imagines how the ideas in IMAGINE are tackled, tickled and teased-out by the author Jonah Lehrer. direction and live-drawing: Flash Rosenberg video…
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A reminder that frustration, though we dread and try to avoid it, is an important part of teaching. Challenging students and classes help us to grow as teachers and develop creative solutions for their needs. Although this trailer talks of a specific kind of eureka moment where everything becomes clear, it may not be the case in helping students to develop. Instead, small success begin to appear, then larger ones. What are some breakthroughs you've reached when facing great challenges in the classroom?

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50 Ways To Integrate Art Into Any Lesson

50 Ways To Integrate Art Into Any Lesson | Creativity in English Language Teaching (EFL) | Scoop.it
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Brainstorm some ideas for adding art into all kinds of lessons here.

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10 creative ways to teach English that deliver outstanding results

10 creative ways to teach English that deliver outstanding results | Creativity in English Language Teaching (EFL) | Scoop.it
As an English teacher at an outstanding primary, Anna Warren is often asked for inspiration. Here she shares her favourite approaches for creative English lessons
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Although this article is for teaching English native speakers, many of the priciples are the same in EFL. And perhaps things like helping learners see a clear purpose to what they are learning are even more challenging for us, but the students still would benefit from finding purpose in what they do.

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6 Ways to Kill Creativity — PsyBlog

6 Ways to Kill Creativity — PsyBlog | Creativity in English Language Teaching (EFL) | Scoop.it
Want your organisation to perform poorly? Here are six ways to kill creativity in business, or anywhere.
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These creativity killers abound both in business organizations and EFL classes. We may want students to grow in "stretch" assignments or roles, but we must take care to keep it achievable and ensure success. We also need to allow students the freedom, resources, encouragement, and support to pursue their creative endeavors.

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