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Creative Assignments as a Motivation Tool
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In my paper I shall discuss the impact of creative activities in the classroom on fostering students and teachers motivation. I will examine two examples of innovative assignments when teaching political science: doing an interview with a political analyst and writing a short analysis of a foreign policy event based on drama watching. These tasks are assigned with the aim of getting students out of both classroom and library and let them do something practical.
Normally, unusual activities make students more motivated as they can escape from regular duties and develop those skills best suited to them as individuals. But what is perhaps more important, such assignments also encourage teacher motivation. Today, more and more teaching and research load has been put on university teachers. With increasing numbers of students, teachers are prone to make assignments standard and less demanding to assess. However, this might lead to a situation where teaching becomes routine and the educators inspiration sharply diminishes. The paper describes how innovative assignments may require more efforts from the teacher at the beginning but will bring much encouragement at the end of semester.