Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Boys against Girls

Just started my first blog! I am really excited about my new book which will be published in September! It is a guide on how to be a creative thinker in only 5 minutes a day- I have been practicing these 'Crames' with the kids that I teach and with my own. My 9 year old daughter loves them. She is even beginning to make up her own.  Today, I decided to give one to my Year 5 class. Their task was to brainstorm as many songs and books that had a colour in the title.  Well, they really enjoyed it- and of course I had shouting and general excitement as the ideas came into their heads! Then, I took the challenge further and put girls against boys, and the team that ran out of ideas first could not win.  You can imagine the competition. We had Purple rain, Yellow Submarine, Yellow (Coldplay) Blue Suede Shoes, Blue Moon, Greenfingers, The Colour Purple and many many more.  The most fun was when the ideas began to run out and the teams became desperate. We call this our mindshower time- the brain has run out of ideas and you must try to let it rain again! The teams both recalled their nursery days at the end with Blue Train, Red Train and more. We were laughing so much by then, that the lesson was over and we all agreed that we could not pick a winner! I left school to go and collect my own son with a smile on my face because I knew that  I had lots of happy children leaving my class and their brains in gear! It was a great session!

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