Dominican University of California
 

Presentation or Panel Title

Teaching Outside the Box: Creative Teaching in the Elementary Classroom

Location

Guzman 104, Dominican University of California

Start Date

4-20-2017 1:00 PM

End Date

4-20-2017 1:15 PM

Department

Education

Student Type

Undergraduate

Faculty Mentor

Rosemarie Michaels, Ed.D.

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

Incorporating creative teaching practices into the elementary classroom is essential to student learning. All students learn in different ways, which creative practices attempt to address. Creative teaching involves teachers making learning more interesting by using imaginative approaches in the classroom to encourage students to believe in their creative potential, to engage their sense of possibility and to give them the confidence to try (Cremin, n.d.). These types of creative practices help to engage the whole student, mentally, intellectually, and physically in what he or she is learning as well as prepare him or her for the demands of our society. Presenting information in engaging and creative ways helps to foster creativity and life-long learning in students (Pavlou, 2013). Creativity, as one of the 21st Century Skills, is essential to student learning. Creativity is essential in every part of our lives and society (Pavlou, 2013). Through hands-on activities, students better learn how to problem solve in their own way and think critically about what it is they are really learning (Skoning, 2010). Research indicates that creative teaching practices can help to raise engagement and motivation in students and get them more excited about learning (Garner, 2013).

The researcher has observed and studied ways that teachers can incorporate creative teaching practices into their classrooms as well as with how these practices can benefit elementary students. The purpose of this study is to examine the ways in which teachers can incorporate creative teaching practices into elementary classrooms. This study addressed the research question: How do teachers implement creative teaching practices? Data to answer this research question was collected through a review of scholarly literature and observations in two elementary school classrooms during one academic year. The researcher anticipates the results to show a positive relationship between using creative teaching practices and student learning. This will be made known through comparisons of the researcher’s observations to the literature reviewed.

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Teaching Outside the Box: Creative Teaching in the Elementary Classroom

Guzman 104, Dominican University of California

Incorporating creative teaching practices into the elementary classroom is essential to student learning. All students learn in different ways, which creative practices attempt to address. Creative teaching involves teachers making learning more interesting by using imaginative approaches in the classroom to encourage students to believe in their creative potential, to engage their sense of possibility and to give them the confidence to try (Cremin, n.d.). These types of creative practices help to engage the whole student, mentally, intellectually, and physically in what he or she is learning as well as prepare him or her for the demands of our society. Presenting information in engaging and creative ways helps to foster creativity and life-long learning in students (Pavlou, 2013). Creativity, as one of the 21st Century Skills, is essential to student learning. Creativity is essential in every part of our lives and society (Pavlou, 2013). Through hands-on activities, students better learn how to problem solve in their own way and think critically about what it is they are really learning (Skoning, 2010). Research indicates that creative teaching practices can help to raise engagement and motivation in students and get them more excited about learning (Garner, 2013).

The researcher has observed and studied ways that teachers can incorporate creative teaching practices into their classrooms as well as with how these practices can benefit elementary students. The purpose of this study is to examine the ways in which teachers can incorporate creative teaching practices into elementary classrooms. This study addressed the research question: How do teachers implement creative teaching practices? Data to answer this research question was collected through a review of scholarly literature and observations in two elementary school classrooms during one academic year. The researcher anticipates the results to show a positive relationship between using creative teaching practices and student learning. This will be made known through comparisons of the researcher’s observations to the literature reviewed.