In our bid to prepare students for standardized examinations, we are significantly losing out on the wonders that classroom creativity entails. Don’t be surprised if in the near future you come across more and more teachers complaining of the slow but eventual death of creativity in classroom. However, though creativity itself is on the verge of phasing out from school education, the need for creativity is still there. Its importance cannot be undermined. We need it for the development of well-rounded individuals.
Documented below are a few ways with the help of which teachers can encorage students nourish their creativity.
How can you encourage creativity within the four walls of the classroom?
Irrespective of which level you are teaching at you can always set at least an hour a week aside to encourage your students to explore what they like or for that matter what they are passionate about. What do they like? Writing? Blogging? Painting? Paper craft? Give them the free reign to work on their passion (that of course has to happen without them creating a chaos inside the classroom). They can research on the works of painters, writers or actually write or paint or else can do anything which they are really passionate about.
Researchers (many of them) suggest that it gets easier for teachers to instill creativity in students through emotional connect. For instance, if teachers assign projects based on community problems like child labor, then they will inadvertently be responsible for encouraging creativity in students because of the human touch.
Open ended projects are one of the major mediums through which the creativity of students can be channelized. These are different from standard projects governed by set guidelines or parameters that students have to abide by. Open-ended assignments imply students can actually enjoy the freedom to choose their own subjects. They can choose the project which they want to work on and the rubric by which they should be guided.
The significance of active learning
The growth of active learning should absolutely be encouraged. Active learning entails the use of creative stuff including creative concepts, games and different study materials. The teacher should make an extra effort to weave an enjoyable learning ambience because it is only in this kind of learning environment that active learning can be encouraged. Interact more with them to bolster their problem solving abilities and encourage them to ask questions as well.