Ministry of Education, Guyana

Monday, 26 January 2015 10:56

Encouraging Creativity

Students need to understand that there is usually multiple paths that lead to understanding. They should be encouraged seek out and experiment with new things or ideas. They should be taught to ask questions and investigate when things do not make sense. The need to learn to view mistakes as an opportunity for leaning rather than something that was unsuccessful.

Students should also follow their interests and think "outside the box" whenever possible. It is also valuable for them to be open to other's ideas so that they can learn how to build upon and reconstruct their own conceptual knowledge.

Teachers that want to encourage creativity in the classroom should make sure they are giving their students a lot of choice and different options when it comes to assignments and projects.

All students can be creative in some way, and it is the teachers difficult task to provide opportunities for students to develop their own creative thinking.

Teachers can do a number of things to make sure students have the chance to show their creativeness. One example would be when students are given a research assignment, teachers could encourage students to either write a paper, do a presentation, perform an experiment, or use technology to present information. This gives all students the chance to complete the assignment in their own creative style. Not only can teachers give options on assignments, they can ask students how they would like to accomplish the task. Giving students this kind of choice empowers them and hopefully motivates them to do their best.

The true reward a student should receive for being creative is purely intrinsic. In order to avoid a competitive and extrinsically rewarding classroom, the teacher needs to provide a friendly and comfortable environment that students can feel comfortable enough to voice their opinions and explore new ideas. One way to get students comfortable enough to do this is for teachers to model creativity and show their own interests.

Source: https://www.nde-ed.org/TeachingResources/ClassroomTips/Encouraging_Creativity.htm

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