How to teach students to be more Creative

How to teach students to be more Creative

  • 20/05/2021
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Have you ever heard your students making these statements?

I can’t do this?

I wish I was creative?

I wish I could get more ideas in mind?

 

Well, if you have such students who get such questions in mind, then just don’t worry. You are not alone. Students often lack creativity as they get older. It is very important for a teacher to create a classroom culture and give their students an opportunity to promote creativity.

 

Over 7,000 pages of notebook were filled by Da Vinci with questions, observations, doodles, sketches, and calculations. He nourished creativity as a skill and habit every day — and it paid off. Da Vinci’s work reshaped multiple disciplines, from science, to engineering, to art.

Do your students frequently display and develop their creativity while in your classroom? First, let’s understand the word CREATIVITY.

Creativity is a popular word in the field of education. It starts with our imagination and is later actually created. Creativity is one of the most difficult skills to acquire. One can show their creativity in music, entertainment, technology, and many other aspects. Students learn a lot of things when they start imagining and the result is shown with their creativity. 

 

Here are some of the ways to teach creativity in the classroom:

 

  1. Open-ended projects: Teachers can encourage their students to research a topic or question of their choice or liking. The students will be responsible to come up with their researches and drawing their conclusion on the topic. Remind students that it is very important to investigate their ideas. In this way, students will try to research the topic and present it in the best possible manner which will help the student to bring out their creativity.

 

  1. Encourage risk-taking: students should also learn about failure. They need to know failure is also the other side of success. While achieving success it is common to face failure at some point in life. Creativity needs courage and firmness. It is not compulsory that every idea will turn out to be a good one. To teach this lesson to the students, teachers can have students act out their own plays or make short films on some important topics. Such activities will help the students to show their creativity tough their act or scripts. 

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  1. Involve students in teaching: Teachers can make students come with quizzes or questions on certain topics. This will help students to involve themselves in the teaching process. Make pairs of struggling students with the students who excel will help to create creativity in the minds of students. They will develop new ways to present the best material. 

 

  1. Allow freedom of movement: Do way with seating plans. Allow the students to move freely in the classroom space without disturbing the decorum of the class. Allow the students to collaborate with whomsoever they want to while a class is going on. Do provide them with quiet or sectioned off-areas for deep thinking. When students are free to flow in the classroom, their creativity will also follow the suit.

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  1. Classroom collaboration/ team building: Classroom collaboration can help students to exchange their ideas. Putting students in a group for a certain activity will enable them to experience different ideas and perspectives to achieve a common goal.

 

  1. Brainstorming sessions: Teachers can encourage in-class brainstorming sessions so that the students feel free to express their ideas and views. Teachers can also assign writing activities in the session on certain topics which will make students think and write about the topic. Writing will help the students to increase their creativity to make the content readable.

 

  1. Utilize Visualisations:  The use of graphs, pictures, charts, etc. can help students to understand the topic in a faster way. It can emphasize both the creative process and the learning process.   

         

  1. Journaling:  To enhance creativity, students can write down their ideas and thoughts in a journal. They can this journal to write their ideas during the school day or a genius hour. Genius Hour is the time allotted to students to work on projects which are unrelated to the curriculum.

 

We learn by doing:

 

Imagination and creativity are the two traits necessary for the future. Both help to inspire students and should be integrated into learning. Teaching students how to think is much more important than teaching students what to think. All in all, creativity is a natural part that should be integrated into the classes along with the curriculum.