Creativity in the Classroom:Fostering Student Learning Through Creative Language Experiences
July 10–14, 2017
Amy Young and Anne Cummings Hlas
Creativity is a way of thinking about learning and teaching that emphasizes collaboration, problem-solving, intrinsic motivation, discovery, and an openness to new ideas. This workshop will examine the connection between multilingualism and creativity, and explore strategies to increase engagement in the classroom. This institute is designed for foreign language and ESL teachers who want to promote creativity in their classroom while simultaneously improving learner's target language proficiency. Strategies will emphasize auditory, visual, kinesthetic, and tactile learning through novel student-centered projects, targeting language objectives at each student's interest and readiness level. Teachers will also learn how to inspire creativity in their students and integrate it meaningfully into daily lesson plans.
After this institute, you will be able to:
- Identify key elements from research foundations supporting the use of creativity to promote learning and language development;
- Describe meaningful strategies to support creativity in the language classroom;
- Apply improvisational techniques to improve creative flow;
- Use targeted language functions, forms, and vocabulary to support creativity;
- Create interactive group activities requiring creative thinking skills; and
- Plan a collaborative language lesson involving kinesthetic, auditory, visual, and tactile tools.
Amy Young, Ph.D., is a principal in a linguistically diverse elementary school in Owatonna, MN. She worked at New York University in their Multilingual Multicultural Studies program, and lived for over 15 years in Mexico, during which time she founded and was the national director of a creative problem-solving organization. Her research interests include strategies for facilitating learning in multilingual settings through collaborative dialogue, peer interaction, and integrated language and content.
Anne Cummings Hlas is professor at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where she teaches methods courses for future language teachers and Spanish language courses. A veteran teacher, she regularly incorporates improvisation and creative thinking techniques in her classes to promote interpersonal communication and collaboration. Her research interests include high-leverage teaching practices, brain-based learning, and technology.
Target Audience: Elementary to postsecondary foreign language and ESL teachers.