Want to get creative in the classroom? Here's how teachers and students can make school fun this back-to-school season.
It’s that time of the year again: students begin raiding the cool stationery section, and teachers are loading their elaborate lesson plans. Welcome to the back-to-school season of 2022!
After months of just online classes, many schools and universities are calling students back to the old-style classroom. Bustling hallways, packed classrooms, and cheerful lunch tables are sure to raise students’ spirits. So, how about channeling some of that energy into academics, too?
Keeping students engaged in the classes can be challenging, especially when the lethargy of study-from-home is still in the air. Here are some ideas to make learning fun.
The mobile phone has become an extended part of every student, whether used for taking virtual classes, sharing notes, or scrolling social media.
While smartphones have clear negatives, they also have some clear benefits, meaning it doesn’t make sense to take them away altogether. Instead, encourage them to invest their time in productivity apps.
Here’s how to create an app scavenger hunt:
Activities and events are an excellent way to boost camaraderie and teamwork among classmates. Planning this carefully for the upcoming months will keep the students excited while giving you ample time to organize things.
How to create a personalized activity calendar:
Everybody loves recognition for their hard work, and even a little gesture of appreciation will motivate them immensely. You can plan to hand out awards to your peers or students to let them know their contributions are valued.
How to create student or peer awards:
Nothing is more satisfying than crossing off items on your to-do list.
Lesson plans and checklists are a great way to get work done without overwhelming your students. These are necessary to ensure students stay organized and up-to-date on crucial information or tasks.
How to create a lesson plan or checklist:
If you constantly bombard students with information, it can make it challenging to retain. Handle this problem with style by introducing quizzes or trivia activities to your lessons.
How to create a quiz or trivia game:
As Mary Lou Cook said, “Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking the rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” And what better place to do this than school?
Here are some ways for students to broaden their horizons, get creative, and find innovative ways to learn.
No one wants summer to end! While you can’t hold on to the warmer months forever, you can undoubtedly compile your most memorable summer moments through a video.
How to create a photo slideshow:
Do you want to learn a new skill or hone your academic or cultural abilities? Creating school clubs is great for bringing like-minded students together to learn.
How to create a school club:
Students love staying updated with what’s happening with their peers, school, and the world around them.
Creating a newsletter summarizing the last month’s events and the upcoming month’s developments is a great way to circulate information.
How to create a newsletter:
Visualizing your goals helps you stay focused, and creating a goal milestone is a perfect way to put your aspirations on paper.
How to create a goals planner:
Flashcards contain essential information about a topic, making it easier to revise your studied topics. It’s a popular method to retain and reinstate what you have learned. Similarly to the other activities mentioned, you can create flashcards quickly and easily using a template.
How to create flash cards:
Irrespective of how good your ideas are, you have to bring them to life with creativity. And this is easy with the right tools!
Envato Elements offers a wide variety of templates to inspire you to create your best work without spending hours searching for ideas. It’s a global platform where thousands of authors regularly upload templates for videos, photos, infographics, cards, music, and images. It’s a goldmine of creative resources for students and big businesses alike. Happy teaching & learning!
Robert Davis is the Founder, and President of SmarterSelect, a Dallas, TX-based SaaS company that provides online application management services to scholarship, grant, and award providers such as foundations, universities, corporations, and associations. Before that, he served as President and CEO of network management firms Tavve Software and Oculan. He has served as a VP and General Manager at IBM/Tivoli Systems. Mr. Davis held several executive roles and was one of the first employees with The Tigon Corporation, a $250M telecom startup acquired by Lucent/Avaya. He has a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.