A New Teaching Strategy You Must Use

New Teaching Strategy

Today, more and more teachers find themselves overwhelmed, relying on old habits or ways of thinking to get through the required curriculum. Unfortunately, this lack of creativity in the classroom is having adverse effects on students. And, with nearly 25% of the world’s population in schools, the repercussions of this epidemic are felt by everyone.

According to Dr Pravin Bhatia, a best-selling author and the co-founder of Creative Education, a simple new teaching strategy can be taught in the classroom to teach and foster creativity in students of all ages.

Stop Overwhelm

Allow students to think

The root of the word “education” means to “draw out”. This definition is the key to effective education, although most teachers and classrooms rarely think about it. Rather than “drawing out” ideas and information from students, teachers tend to design lessons that “pump in”. 

One of the significant drawbacks of this strategy is that it leads to very little, if any, interaction with the students. When teachers try to “pump in” information, students are trapped, their brains either subdued to silence or so bored that they begin to cause chaos in the classroom. 

Remember, the brain is a muscle, and, like any muscle, it needs to exercise regularly. When classes and teachers only focus on “pumping in” information, the brain becomes mechanical, no longer needing to think creatively or “flex” their muscles.

Avoid automation and embrace teaching creatively

Dr Bhatia recommends this simple new teaching strategy to help education fulfil its real purpose of changing the world: Don’t lecture. Instead, divide students into groups of 4 to 8. (Not above or below; 6 is ideal).

Divide subject matter between groups. Allow each group to take on a specific part of the learning, giving them time to read it for themselves, rather than just hearing you speak it. (For most students, reading is much more useful than hearing.)

Allow groups to discuss. This active discussion among groups engages everyone. Peer learning, or peer tutoring as it’s sometimes called, gives students creative ownership of the subject and requires them to think. During these discussions, your job as a teacher is to clarify questions the groups can’t solve on their own.

Have groups present to the class. Since students are responsible for their presentation, they are much more engaged when listening to other groups, which means the information they are receiving will be more thoroughly absorbed.

A New Teaching Strategy is creativity

Creativity - a new teaching strategy

This type of creative learning strategy uses the main ideas of some of the world’s greatest thinkers, like Socrates, Aristotle, Bernard Shaw and Bertrand Russell. By employing this new teaching strategy, you are encouraging discussion while teaching your students how to pursue knowledge freely.

Creative learning is not just art or music or drama or some arty ‘creative’ thing. Sir Ken Robinson states that “creativity draws from many powers that we all have by being human. 

Creativity is possible in all areas of life, And like many human capacities, our creative powers can be cultivated and refined” Robinson, 2015, in ‘Creative Schools’. At its core is the creative re-rethinking of the curriculum and how to meet the students’ needs, trying to make the activities as varied as possible in location, and resource-rich to gain 100% student involvement. 

Why use this new teaching strategy?

 

Creative thinking enables students to generate and apply new ideas. They can identify alternative explanations and make new links that facilitate the production of complex creative ideas and unique products.

Creative thinking gives students the ability to step outside the box. Take a risk and put imagination to work. Think about how you might do things differently to get the results you desire. Problem-based learning is one effective way to allow students to think outside the box. 

Watch Sir Ken Robinson’s (2010) TED Talk video below, in which he states “I contend that creativity is as important in education as literacy and we should treat it with the same status”.

It doesn’t matter what subject you teach; it’s more the way you do it. Also, there’s no, ‘one’ unique or ‘right’ way, and it can be different for different kinds of teachers – it can work for any teaching style. 

Another core element is to be authentic. Students know when you are real; they know without thinking when you’re genuinely making teaching and learning into a fun experience.

To learn more about Dr Bhatia’s new teaching strategy, watch his TED Talk. 

Critical Thinking

Education should create intelligence, but the information we as teachers give students is not intelligence in and of itself. Information is not intelligence; intelligence knows how to choose what information you need and how to apply it.

Critical thinking is the core of intellectual activity. Students need to learn to use any information to problem solve and develop an argument or use evidence to support their case. Empowering students to produce well-thought-out conclusions.

As teachers, this is what we are responsible for teaching in the classroom. 

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