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Getting creative: Ideas for the classroom

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Teacher Lauren Nicholson-Ward offers some creative and practical lesson ideas to help engage students.

The word “creative” conjures up mixed feelings among teachers. Often, we fall into the trap of thinking that creativity is someone else’s business. I would like to think that creativity is, and must be, everybody’s business. It is not something that should only be found in the colourful classrooms of the art department, or sounding forth from the music block.

I am fortunate to work in a school where creativity is it the heart of practice. No one thinks it is weird that I ask my year 11s to sculpt the concept of the sanctity of life out of modelling clay. My year 8 class didn’t bat an eyelid when I explained that the lesson outcome was to produce a giant tapestry to be displayed at a cathedral. 

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