I’m working through Austin Kleon‘s amazing Steal Like an Artist Journal (Check out my review of his book Steal Like an Artist here). As I’ve been working through the various exercises designed to boost creativity and help you get new ideas, I was struck by how beneficial these types of exercises would be to our students. ALL of our students, not just those who visit the library or come to the makerspace. And then it hit me…
What if we had CREATIVITY bellwork?
What if, instead of just answering dull questions about the current unit or filling out a worksheet, students could draw a picture, write a poem or tell a story. What if, when studying Moby Dick in Language Arts, students created blackout poetry with a selected passage as a way to engage in close reading of the text? (this one is in the book by the way). And then students could share out what they’ve created (great way to practice presentation and speaking skills.)What if we created bellwork exercises that flexed students creativity muscles? Click To Tweet
Think of how that could change the beginning of class for students. Instead of their brains being numbed by boring busy work the minute they step into the classroom, students would be activating and engaging their brains, expressing themselves, sharing their passions. And it could be so doable in every subject area. It could be a way of activating students’ prior knowledge on a topic that’s actually FUN.
If you’re interested in coming up with some creativity exercises, I highly recommend The Steal Like an Artist Journal and How to Be an Explorer of the World: Portable Life Museum. Or really anything by Austin Kleon or Keri Smith. I think you might find these exercises fun for yourself too 🙂