How Important is Creativity in Classroom?
We live in a world that is creative; we live in a time where innovation is the key word; inventions by human have reached every sphere of life. We cannot deny the fact that much of the education that has been imparted until now has been memory-based. But proper learning should involve memory-based learning that triggers the cultivation of the use of analytics, proper evaluation of skills and above all, the presence of creativity, the urge to create something new that would bring about an evolution!
We have to stop and think- can we really teach our kids how to be creative within the boundaries of a classroom or is it something that is inborn?
Creativity is definitely different to different people and for some, inventing new ways to do the same things might be creative; while for others, discovering new things is all about creativity. But whatever is the concept, motivation should be given to children to be more inventive in education.
How teachers can help in cultivating creativity among students?
As a teacher, you can do a lot to cultivate creativity among your students and let them utilize their brain. Share with your class the attributes of being a creative person through the lives of great names in the creative field; sharing their life stories including how they used to generate ideas or how they dealt with all kind of reactions from everyone around will surely motivate them. Discussions on how important it is for everyone to be curious to learn new things and also how to deal with failure should also be included. For all these discussions and other motivational activities, being the teacher, you must develop a creativity-friendly classroom where great ideas and views can share freely.
Develop a classroom where the flow of invention is not disrupted by the regular class routines, textbooks, and assignments. A proper creativity driven classroom is characterized by encouragement to question-answer sessions, assessment of performance and feedback, a class that promotes cooperation with others when it comes to sharing ideas as well as the rightful independence needed to let creativity flourish. In short, create a place where all these activities flourish and not discouraged.
In order to make a classroom creative, a teacher to has to be creative, to some extent. Creative teaching can only be a part of a classroom if the teacher presiding over is an ingenious individual. A teacher who is creative enough to be part of the innovative classroom can design exciting new lessons, motivate the right classroom environment required for students to showcase their innovative minds. Often, it has been seen that creative teaching hardly stimulates any kind of innovative ideas in students and thus, the entire idea of a creative classroom fails! So, it does depends on the teacher and the environment of the place of teaching to let those young brains start flying with bright colors.
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