Creativity: A Step to Joyfulness in Learning!
Posted on: August 16, 2018.

Author: Mrs. Radhika Mohan, Educational Consultant

During a TED Talk, Sir Ken Robinson raised the utmost significance of creativity in today’s education when he said, “Creativity now is as important in education as literacy and we should treat it with the same status.” Every child has his or her own creative potential, and proper guidance from teachers cultivates and nurtures that potential and helps them grow into creative individuals.

Why should a teacher use creativity in her teaching? The benefits are aplenty. A refreshing classroom environment always has some element of creativity which makes lessons more interesting and interactive. The right blend of creativity and literacy augurs an innovative streak in a student, encouraging him to learn new things. Such learning approaches helps a child become a good communicator in addition to improving his emotional and social skills. A student’s creative expressions play a key role in his emotional development.

Students are always fun-loving folks. Incorporating creative tasks like storytelling, skits, and outdoor learning programs within their curriculum, nurtures their interest in learning and alleviates the stress involved in the learning process. This way a teacher can inspire them to believe in their own creativity, even if done from the lower classes onwards. We could give fun team building activities to help them think creatively in a group and learn to respect other’s viewpoints.

Students would do very well if they’re given freedom of expression in a classroom. This happens when there is a debate or a discussion on a field trip; when they come out of their shells and become part of the exercise. This boosts their sense of happiness and makes them feel good. Furthermore, they draw satisfaction from their own contributions made in such sessions. Good puzzles and riddles can be made part of such sessions, answering which students feel a sense of pride in their accomplishments.

Creativity in learning helps a child’s emotional development. This must happen even from the lower classes so that kids grow up well by responding to the happenings around them. They’d love to explore freely if a classroom and the teacher don’t set up any boundaries. When they’re allowed to express freely, their emotional quotient rises and so do their confidence levels. It stimulates imaginative thinking in students.

Teachers could use open-ended questions to test learning outcomes or plan for creative team building activities or organize brainstorming sessions and debates even amidst their busy curriculum. The pivotal necessity here is the planning to be done meticulously. Even tough lessons maybe taught these ways to keep learning fun and easy. Puppet shows help the flow of images in the student’s minds, giving them the pleasure drawn from creative approaches by the teacher. Healthy thinking and imaginative options become like second habits among students taught through creative approaches.

Students are stressed with tight lesson schedules. They have no time for laughs and humour. A creative teacher can bring these elements in her teaching techniques – driving away stress and anxiety among her student’s minds. The sense of joy keeps them relaxed and reduces their anxiety levels, thereby equipping them to face exams without fear. Hands on learning and visually impactful interventions will make a long-lasting positive impact on learning. A flexible classroom layout matters a lot in creative classroom atmosphere. This will help student’s out of the box thinking, helping them in looking at problems in a new light and thus solving them with ease. And all that, in an innovative manner!

Creativity in teaching improves focus and concentration among students. Attention time gets increased and study-time more productive. Furthermore, regular breaks and intervals stretches the child’s attention span. Students build strong communication skills—and better conversational skills—by virtue of the freedom of expression facilitated by the liberalities of creative teaching. These skills stimulate innovative thinking, and talking sessions help them open up to one another, listen to other’s views, and even accept them to appear better than their own viewpoints.

A good classroom environment should also give students the space to pursue their passions like music, art, dance, poetry, drawing, etc. or other art forms. This gives them happiness, able to approach academics with a free mind. Using these opportunities will bring their creative talents to the fore, and they will finish school education with flying colours. The skills and confidence students gain throughout their school life are really going to make a huge impact in the way they prosper in their career. In fact, creative people welcome future opportunities with more chances of success than those with mere academic skill sets.

An innovative mindset helps students think more critically about the question or subject on hand and come out with innovative ideas to solve problems, yet decisive in their points of view. Above all, creativity in teaching prepares students for learning lifelong. They always have a craving for learning new things every-time, thus making them amazingly confident adults. The remain active throughout thus helping them stay young always. They develop a very curious attitude and go behind reflecting on unconventional ways of doing things.

The role of a good teacher (surpassing all technological distractions) is to bring in the right mix of creativity in the classroom and bring out the best in every child (even the last one). The pleasure growing out of creativity also contributes a lot to improved health, thus leading to continued growth in academic performance as well as in the world of creative achievements and accomplishments.

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