Creative writing as a powerful educational tool for teachers

Creative writing

Every day is a challenge for a teacher. The moment you enter in the class, your students are always ready to blow you up with their queries and complaints. The situation get worse when you have prepared a lesson to teach them and they  are not in a mood to continue.  You can’t bring them back from their world to yours.

So it’s sometimes good to flow with the present situation  but with a different approach.

This is what happened with in the class last week and I  found a wonderful solution. At the same time the results were mind blowing and I couldn’t stop myself sharing this wonderful feeling with you.

They were noisy and not ready to listen to me. I was also tired and didn’t want to speak. I couldn’t leave the class too. I  got up from my chair and wrote few lines on the blackboard and  told them to complete the story beginning with these lines.I encouraged them to open the doors of their imagination.

Silence…a perfect silence!!!

The bell rang and I collected their notebooks.
I went to the staff room and started reading their masterpieces.

I found that every child has his own way of writing. I could feel the connection between their writing and their personal lives through their creative writings. The way they created characters in their writings unfolded many stories and their experiences in life.

Some showed their love for nature while others were not been able to give words for their thoughts…thus leaving their stories incomplete.

Some showed the humorous part of their  personality and brought a smile on my face.

Few took me to an imaginative land with lots of surprises and few added a flavour suspense and horror.

I found something common in all and that was the eagerness to show what all was there in their minds. There was no limitation, no boudations… they were free !!!

They poured their heart, mind and soul on the paper , leaving so many questions for Readers.

This was first time I  realised how creative writing can prove an excellent tool in teaching learning process and their physical and mental growth too.

Creative writing prompts can be in any form. Do try once in a week or month with your kids. You will come to know the other aspects of their personality…..!

 

As a teacher,what would you do in this kind of situation? 

As a student what would you like to do ?

Creative writing ideas for young kids – Next post coming soon !!!

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6 thoughts on “Creative writing as a powerful educational tool for teachers

  1. Wow, that was a creative way to keep them occupied and get a glimpse of their imaginative expanse of thoughts.
    I would strongly recommend an interactive way of teaching and learning, rather than the normal dumping of knowledge to finish the syllabus.

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  2. As a middle school teacher I often tell my students the importance of the three “R’s, Reading, Writing, and Rithmetic.” My favorite “R” is the one that starts with W. We often use creative writing when starting a new lesson and I find that they remain engaged far longer when they are allowed to let their minds go wild about a topic before actually diving into it. Great article.

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  3. Pingback: Creative writing tools for kids-Part 2 – Journey of life Continues

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