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.

Activity 1 - The B A R

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:

  • Bigger – Make something on a regular object bigger
  • Add – Now add something new
  • Replace – Replace something on the object with a new enhanced feature

Easter BAR Activity:

Part 1 – Follow these 2 steps:

  1. Using a drawing app such as Bamboo Page or SketchBook Express, draw an Easter Bunny.
  2. Now:
  • Make a part of the Easter Bunny Bigger
  • Add something to the Easter Bunny
  • Replace something on the Easter Bunny for something better

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:

  1. Something they like about it, and why.
  2. Something they think they could improve.

 

Activity 2 - The WHAT IF

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.

Easter WHAT IF Activity:

What would happen if the Easter Bunny decided to only give healthy fruit and vegetables?

Part 1 – Follow these three steps:

  1. Split students into small groups of 2 or 3. Using M8! Or Novamind brainstorming apps, construct an Ideas Wheel or brainstorm.
  2. Place the base statement (written below) in the middle circle, and put 5 consequences of that event in the 5 outer circles.
  3. Then deal with each of the 5 outer circles in turn. Put 3 consequences of each of these into the smaller circles. See example of this to the right
  4. Send your group Brainstorm to your teacher or classmate for discussion

Part 2 – Discuss your brainstorm as a class, explaining your thoughts.

 

Activity 3 - The PREDICTION

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.

Easter THE PREDICTION Activity:

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.

 

Activity 4 – The Question

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.

Easter THE ANSWER Activity:

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.

 

Activity 5 – The Alphabet

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 –

Happy Easter!

 

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