February 2011

How do you encourage your students to be more creative and imaginative?

by Star Teacher Staff

How do you encourage your students to be more creative and imaginative?TEACHERS SAY:

I encourage my students to be more creative and imaginative by giving them a lot of choices and opportunities. I advise my students to follow their interests whether in writing, oral communication, dancing, singing, etc. During our class, as much as possible, I avoid negative phrases or negative comments because these will prevent them from using their imagination.
MR. JULIUS ARATA
TEACHER-IN-CHARGE
RICOS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL,
UMINGAN, PANGASINAN

In my science lessons, I remind my pupils to be environment friendly: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. I show them projects made of recycled materials to arouse their creativity and imagination. Then, I encourage them to submit their own projects made out of recyclable materials like used compact discs, bottles, candy wrappers, and a lot more. By doing this, they become creative, imaginative, and an Earth Saver.
GRACE G. DE VERA
LIBERATO DAMIAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
KAPITAN ATO ST.,
BARANGAY STA. CRUZ, PASIG CITY

Our aims, aside from developing the love of reading, are to encourage creativity and imagination among our 4th graders. Every time the pupils read stories, they are provided with imaginative and creative impetus. They do creative drama. They also make stick puppets of one of the characters in the story they have read. Theywrite paragraphs about how they would want the stories to end. I believe that encouraging pupils to use their imagination will help develop creativity, resulting in better writers and more enthusiastic pupils.
ROCHELLE T. TALLUD
NEMESIO I. YABUT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

In art classes, I will just show the finished product/art project for a short time so that they will have an idea of what to do, then I’ll just leave it up to them to think and create their own designs. In English classes, concepts can be recited or sung by creating their own poems, rap, or songs.They will be asked to create a story by completing the phrase: “Imagine you are a butterfl y, princess, monster etc. Write what would your life be like.”
GINA B. YONQUE
LAGRO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

As the saying goes, “you can’t give what you don’t have.” Therefore, I myself must be creative and imaginative so that my students will imitate what they see from me. For example, setting up a well-structured classroom and giving my pupils some different activities such as fi lling up various graphic organizers and letting them play some exciting games related to the lessons. I also include creativity as one of the criteria in every group work and presentation. Lastly, I boost the students’ morale by appreciating their work.
ERQUILY B. ESCOBAL
EM’S SIGNAL VILLAGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL,
TAGUIG CITY

I expose them to different stories and have them do something from the story. For example, I ask the students to draw an object from the story or do group role play. In role playing, they became creative and resourceful when they use different costumes. They also feel that they are one of the characters. We also have pantomiming, character sketch, and using graphic organizers in summarizing or retelling the story read.
KATHERINE MAPA
COMEMBO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
MAKATI CITY

During my post-reading activity, I group my pupils and let them pick from my engagement activity box what they are going to do and present as a group. Here are some of the following activities:

  1. Illustration—illustrate their favorite scene in the story
  2. Song composition—compose a song, jingle, or rap related to the story
  3. Puppet making—make puppets of the different characters in the story
  4. Slogan making—write slogans related to the story
  5. Acrostic composition—write a composition in which the initial letters of each line form a word or a phrase

These activities help them discover and enhance their talents and multi-intelligences and they also boost their confi dence and self-discipline.
EDEN H. VINCULADO
LAGRO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL,
MAKATI CITY

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