How to promote creativity in your classroom

Whether you teach pre-school, primary or secondary learners, the ability to make your classroom a place where creativity thrives is a crucial factor in motivating and engaging learners.

This talk looks at the conditions necessary for children to realize their creative potential and explores seven generic ways to promote creativity in the ELT classroom, whatever the age of your learners or the context you work in.

Each way is briefly discussed in relation to pedagogical theory and Illustrated with a range of enjoyable and practical ideas that can be used with learners of different ages and levels.

The seven ways include

  • building up positive self-esteem in order to give learners a sense of personal competence
  • seeking out opportunities to explicitly model creative thinking yourself
  • offering learners choice in order to develop autonomy, agency and ‘ownership’ of learning
  • using questions effectively in order to lead children to higher order thinking and engage them in thinking creatively
  • developing children’s ability to make connections and see relationships between things that may, at first sight, be unconnected
  • exploring options and possibilities in a way which opens up thinking and learning, and encourages children to experiment and play with ideas
  • developing children’s ability to evaluate and reflect critically on their own ideas, performance, actions and outcomes.

About the speaker

Carol Read has over 30 years’ experience in ELT as a teacher, teacher trainer, academic manager, materials writer and educational consultant. Carol’s main specialisation is in early years and primary language teaching. Her publications include award-winning titles such as Bugs, 500 Activities in the Primary Classroom and Tiger Time, all published by Macmillan Education. Carol is a former President of IATEFL. You can find out more about Carol by visiting