Creativity may be defined as the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods and interpretations.
As teachers, we need to encourage our students to:
- question and investigate
- experiment with new ideas
- view mistakes as opportunities for learning
- follow their interests
- think “outside the square”
The above list can be achieved by encouraging creativity. Creativity not only enhances the learning experience, but allows students to develop the skills they need in order to become successful adults who are able to thrive in the ever changing world we live in today.
In order to encourage creativity; we must lead by example. Teachers need to demonstrate resourcefulness and adaptability. Surprise your students with a wide range of activities/ways of learning, which will encourage them to be creative while also keeping them excited about learning.
In order to encourage creativity, teachers need to provide students with opportunities to develop their own creative thinking. Students should be provided with different options. For example, when students are given a task or as assessment, teachers could provide the students with a variety of ways to complete the activity/assessment. E.g. use of technology, written response, illustration, writing a song etc.
It is so important that teachers don’t get stuck in a rut and provide students with the same activity over and over with a different question/topic. We should be constantly on the look out for new and exciting ways for our students to learn.
Keep an eye out on Twitter and blogs for great activities, web 2.0 tools and websites and save them in a word document for you to easily refer to when planning lessons. I reccomend subscribing to blogs and websites such as ICT to inspire and Teaching Generation Now which constantly provide exciting ideas and tools to use in the classroom.
So what are you waiting for? Get creative and you just might be surprised with what your students come up with!
How do you promote creativity in your classroom?
What blogs/websites inspire you to be creative?