When in the classroom I love using Tony Ryan’s 'Thinkers Keys' as great way to encourage creativity, in both thoughts and production of content.
As Easter approaches we thought it might be nice to highlight a few ‘Keys’ that encourage such creativity amongst students – and might inspire you to try a few of them in your classroom.
The following acronym, or ladder of words, can be used by different age groups (ranging from Yr 1 to adults) to re-invent or re-design everyday objects.
Why use The BAR: A practical step-by-step strategy for developing innovative and highly unusual products. This type of strategy is often used in today’s high tech product development laboratories to create new products for the market.
The BAR Ladder is:
Part 1 – Follow these 2 steps:
Part 2 – Write a description to explain why you made the decisions you did and using iXplain or Community Clips, record a description of your image. Share this with friends for feedback.
Part 3 – When giving feedback, ask students to state:
You can ask virtually any ‘What If’ question, they can be either serious or frivolous. One excellent means of displaying ideas from this Key is to draw up an Ideas Wheel.
Why use The WHAT IF: It’s great for introducing an area of study, and for tapping in to the students’ knowledge base. It also generates loads of innovative ideas.
What would happen if the Easter Bunny decided to only give healthy fruit and vegetables?
Part 1 – Follow these three steps:
Part 2 – Discuss your brainstorm as a class, explaining your thoughts.
Ask for a series of predictions in regard to a particular situation, product or set of circumstances.
Why use THE PREDICTION: Attempting to predict the future is not the time waster that some would lead us to believe. The journey is always easier if you know where you are going.
Predict how Easter will be celebrated in 50 Years’ time.
Part 1 – Imagine that you are a news reporter, sending a report back for the Daily News program. Using your video camera on your device and Movie Moments or ArcSoft Showbiz Apps, create a short 2 minute news report.
Part 2 – Collate all movies from your class and hold a Lunchtime ‘news session’ with your school.
Start with the answer, and try to list 5 questions which could be linked with that answer only.
Why use THE QUESTION: An excellent break from the pattern of the teacher asking all of the questions. Students still need to demonstrate a solid knowledge base.
The Answer is: ‘The Easter Bunny’s Ears’
Part 1 – Using a shared Office Online Word Document, or OneNote, create a class list of questions of which ‘The Easter Bunny’s Ears’ is the answer.
Part 2 – Take these questions to your Principal or ‘buddy class’ and see how many questions it takes to answer correctly.
Choose an object or general category of objects which features in the area of study and compile a list of words from A to Z which have some relevance to the object/s. Then try to expand on some ideas which link with each of the words.
Why use THE ALPHABET: Using the alphabetical format clarifies student’s thinking. It is a sorting process which is made easier by considering one aspect at a time. Activity: Easter Alphabet Book
Part 1 – Using CreateBook App, ask students to create an eBook for Kindergarten age students that highlights the Easter Celebration, with an image for each letter of the alphabet.
Part 2 – Once completed, take these books (tablets) to the local kindergarten and read them with students.Enjoy these activities and share your student work with us, we’d love to see what they created –