Five (5) Creative Ways To Sharpen Students’ Minds during Vacations
For some teachers and students, the time between winter, spring, and summer break can feel like an eternity. Due to lack of regular activity, it seems as though everyone has some sort of illness.
To overcome this mental laziness, teachers can use creative ways to sharpen their students’ minds. Some of the activities shared below are perfect for indoor recess.
They can be also used periodically in the classroom. The motto of this article is to break up the doldrums of long vacations and give kids the opportunity to think outside the classroom.
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CREATIVE WAYS TO SHARPEN STUDENTS’ MINDS THIS WINTER
1. QUESTION THE TEACHER:-
One of the best ways to strengthen students’ thinking skills is to put them in charge of asking questions. When kids ask quality questions, they learn more. They understand the value of inquiry.
Asking the question gives them a feeling of independence & enhances their creative thinking and sharpens kids’ minds. Such a question may stump the teacher and has lasting effects on the teacher beyond the classroom.
Such questions put challenges before teachers & compel them to find answers to such questions in depth. It is important to note this activity is better suited to the end of a learning unit rather than the beginning.
2. CREATE A COLLABORATIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT:-
When students have the opportunity to work with others on challenging & enriching activities. Such activity sharpens their minds because they are engaged more than their regular classroom activity.
Challenging, rich educational experiences stretch kids’ minds. It fosters the exploration and inquiry capacity of Kids. Such extra curriculum activity requires problem-solving and social skills in kids.
collaborative learning environments foster learning relationships that require problem-solving and social skills. Keep in mind that kids of nearly any age can work with their peers and achieve objectives.
3. POSE A PROBLEM OR CHALLENGE WITHOUT INSTRUCTION:-
In many cases, students hesitate to think outside the box in the classroom because they think there is one correct answer or one correct way to approach a problem or challenge.
To sharpen your students’ minds, pose a problem or challenge that correlates to one of your units of study, and do not give them any instruction.
Allow them to work independently, with a partner, or in a small group to approach the problem or challenge until they find a solution.
By giving kids time to work through a problem without instruction, you allow them to try multiple methods of problem-solving until they find one that works.
When they share their results and processes at the end of the challenge, students will see that there were multiple ways that their classmates approached it and there may even be more than one solution.
4. INSTRUCT STUDENTS TO DESIGN THEIR OWN GAME:-
Kids love to play games, and one great way to sharpen their minds is to give them the opportunity to design their own games. By designing games, students use their creativity, imagination, and higher-order thinking skills.
Some kids may choose to design board games or physical activity games, while others may decide to create a new card game.
The goal is to give students the assignment of designing their own game with a few key objectives that align with their units of study or interests that extend from their studies.
The students will make games for learning that they can present to their classmates and spend the day or the class period playing one another’s games to learn in creative ways and sharpen their minds.
5. SCHEDULE DAYS FOR CREATIVITY AND CURIOSITY:-
Studies show that when students participate in arts and crafts and have time to be creative, they are more innovative and likely to be an inventor or business owner.
Kids who play music, read books and write original stories or poems also have strong memories. One study found that reading novels and other works of fiction enhances brain connectivity and improve brain function and improves the student’s ability to be empathetic and use their imagination much like athletes do when they visualize sports motions to prepare for a sporting event.
Winter does not have to be a trying time for teachers and students. By making time for creative activities that sharpen the mind and get kids thinking out of the box, the winter months will fly by and kids will enhance their learning and deepen their understanding by being truly engaged in the classroom.
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