How refreshing, I think that making learning FUN and stimulating is by far the most effective way of teaching and learners retaining knowledge. PE being my subject specialism, I find a good way of making lessons fun is by planning activities around recent sporting events and encouraging the learners via facilitated group discussions and fun quizzes to analyse games for the use of Sports Analysis, this encourages the students to link their passion for sport with the required learning outcomes for the lessons.
I totally agree. Creative and fun learning is always going to be a winner. A classroom environment that is stress free and inspiring is great for both learner and teacher. As Ellie said, one of the best things about the creativity side of things is the bonus that it adds to learning. Not only will learners discover a new topic in an exciting and imaginative way but they will also be given the opportunity to improve and develop so many everyday people skills (e.g. team work, speaking and listening...).
In my dissertation project at University I looked into the idea of drama taking place in the English primary school curriculum. When researching it was amazing to me how many people said they were terrified of drama lessons in year 7 - and I thought, is it any surprise really? Some children would have gone straight through their primary education without any use of drama and then be thrown in the deep end at one of the most vulnerable and scary ages/moments in their lives. If practical creativity was more common throughout education it wouldn't be such a shock to the system, it would be the norm, perhaps erasing that fear factor that it holds with some learners.
However, I believe some learners may struggle with the creative side of learning but that's why its so important to have variety.
Ellie how inspiring, and a great point made. I agree that Drama could play a key role in developing the young learners not only on a eduacational level but a social level too. This can also have the potential to encourage some more intrevert learners to participate in group discussions, thus creating a more positive learning environment as a result. The only problem I could see is what area or subject would have to be cut to make room for Drama for the schools that don't have it?
There's an app or online tool that i just love, but the name escapes me.
Say you set students a topic to talk about - in my instance i may want students to investigate a certain classical composers and present back their findings. But you type in your topic and the computer randomly decides you have to talk about this topic "as a dance" or "as a mini play"
Starting something like this at the youngest age possible would firstly break down anxieties of speaking in front of their class and secondly be a fun way to not only do the research, but figure out how you are going to perform your findings.
A firm favourite of mine..... if only i could remember the name of it.