It finally happened – a series of workshops based on Creative Cool Cat – TIM-BUG-Tool. It was a four one-and-a-half-hour sessions with the staff of Yishun Student Care.
What’s inside? Getting Them Curious.
They were such a delightful group to walk through the three TIM-BUG-Tool stages with and finally talking through lessons they have designed using this Tool. I had demonstrated the Tool along the way and I believe it made the learning more creative and fun. From going crazy over bananas to singing and composing poems, they were game enough and gave such delightful responses.
Literally Singing in Their Own Key
LOVE their Acrostic Poem
I could also tell that for the teaching topic they have chosen, they have first used the Tool for their own learning as much as they grapple with how to use it to design a lesson. Their excitement about the creative learning they experienced was palpable.
As learning is also very much a social process, this was a wonderful community who is supportive and encouraging with each other. I am much inspired by them.
Here are what had impressed them about these sessions:
S – lesser info downloading and more kids involvement and exploration. When they reach their interest climax, try not to stretch further, instead leave room for the excitement to linger on with them.
G – Facilitate the discovery, always get the children involved. Activities should be tactile.
S – Lesson plan should have a smooth flow; starting with an exciting bait and lead on to the essence before tailing off with the taboo.
L – Engage children to think n ask questions rather than teachers feeding them the info.
SK – Let the kids talk instead of we do the talking, do something different e.g Creativity like super power (magic) to arouse curiosity and provide more experiential learning opportunities.
S – Engage the children/let them take ownership & think. Have Fun!!
E- I learned that we should not steal that joy of learning by just downloading them with information but giving them freedom to ask & experiment & explore taboo questions and end the lesson when they are still in anticipation .. not till they are “jelak”.
G – Discover a journey to understand creativity that is in the children’s mind. Create and unpack their inspiration into spirit of playfulness and delight
ST – Activities should be fun；have Tactile experience; getting them to be exploratory and zoom in to the topic
A – Add zest to the lesson plan by using TIM-BUG-Tool
I am very grateful. Thank you everyone, you are all such Creative Cool Cats!
Oops, was I talking too much?