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Teachers can always use quick and easy ways to keep kids on task in any instructional setting.
One proven approach is to tap into students’ creative thinking.
Imagine that you have a magic hat on your desk.
Look under the magic hat to find eight great tricks to fire up creative thinking.
1. Ask creative questions that start the learning process.
For example, try leading into a Social Studies lesson with these two Qs: “How far can we go? How much can we know?”
2. Use short rhymes to catch kids’ attention.
Short rhymes engage children in a creative learning process.
Picking up on a sample Social Studies lesson, let’s say that your class is learning about the country of Portugal. Here’s a short rhyme that would work:
Pick a port in Portugal
we haven’t visited yet.
Listen to the sound of music
floating from ships’ decks.
I hear maracas shaking
like the ones I have in school.
Learning about new places
makes us world-smart. Cool!
3. Mix in music to pick up a creative beat.
If, for example, your class is studying Portugal, you might add impact with the rhyme printed above by shaking some maracas
after you share the rhyme.
Ask the class if they know the name of your instruments.
Pass the maracas around the classroom to allow students to shake them and feel the creative beat.
4. Integrate all of the arts into your core curricula to fire up creative thinking.
During your Social Studies lesson about Portugal, shake, shake, shake, go your maracas, an instrument popular in Portugal and many other countries.
NOTE: Maracas and other simple, easy-to-play instruments are available in toy stores, even dollar stores, as well as from music retailers in store and online.
Consider including visual art into your Social Studies lesson by inviting students, for example, to draw pictures of your maracas at an appropriate time.
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