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Started by ddeubel in Websites / links / access to new resources / communities.. Last reply by Nadeem Nawaz Jul 16, 2019. 102 Replies

We are now in our 3rd edition of "Site of the Day"! Hundreds of the best sites for teaching/learning. See #1 and…Continue

Tags: collection, list, web 2.0, resources, websites

ABCs - Alphabet Resources or Ideas?

Started by NEWS NOW in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by Amelia Meirizka Jun 20, 2019. 73 Replies

I guess the alphabet is our bread and butter.Got any good ideas for teaching it or using it…Continue

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Learning Designs

Started by Elise in Teaching and Methodology Mar 27, 2019. 0 Replies

I was wondering what you all thought of learning designs pertaining to English language teaching? What are the ways in which you design your lessons to achieve better learning in your students?Continue

A NEW way to teach PHRASAL VERBS so that your students understand and remember them

Started by Andromeda Jones in Teaching and Methodology Dec 31, 2018. 0 Replies

Phrasal verbs are a verb + preposition, adverb or particle. Teaching…Continue

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It's Not A Box! Synectics

My university recently hosted the ICE (Imagination / Creativity / Education) Conference. Instead of giving a presentation and being all concerned with that - decided to join many of my student teachers and enjoy a day of attending the workshops and gathering ideas. So glad I did!

The highlight for me was an Art workshop: Exploring Your Creative Process Through Reflection, Dialogue and Art Making. Basically, we explored the concept of Synectics. We used the book, "Not A Box" (see video below) as "a trigger" to get us risk taking and creating. Something language teachers can do too. I k!now Ken Robinson has made creativity a bigger issue in education (video) but are we doing enough? This lesson really engenders and promotes creativity!

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Basically, after reading the book together, we were put into groups and each group given a box. Each group had a box that was of differing sizes, some huge, some tiny. Then, we were asked to say, "This is not a box but this is a .......". Then, redesign our creation and talk about what principles of Synectics we used while creating.

Synectics is a way of promoting creativity in any kind of class, not just art. Take a look at this wordle and think about how you could use these principles of Synectic design, to "redesign" your own lesson, activity, curriculum into something more creative and "thoughful".

Read Part 2

Not like the others is a game I made that does the same. Also, this activity is much the same. Basically, we ask our students to think "outside the box". Try it - you'll really have a fun, engaging lesson!   (Part 2 of this post - HERE)

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Comment by ddeubel on July 3, 2015 at 7:24pm

Here is a spin off of "It's Not A Box".  New Pizza Hut boxes available in Hong Kong that turn into something amazing.... 

Comment by ddeubel on December 23, 2018 at 1:58pm

A beautiful holiday themed video for class - An Old Box. 

A simple way to use this in class is to just get students to narrate the video with their own words and description of the action. 

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