Creativity is said to be a natural ability, a personality trait, something that one is born with. So, when it comes to classroom activities that promote creativity, many teachers feel that it is something that cannot be taught. However, some people believe that creativity is a skill that can be learned. There are a few strategies and classroom activities that a teacher can initiate to encourage creativity and confidence in and out of the classrooms.
Regular Routines that Help
- Classroom Design
The first step can be building a room which is designated for exploration and independent thinking. This area should be accessible to all students, where they can sit and discuss ideas with classmates, seniors or even juniors.
- Cheer Inquisitiveness
One of the main duty of an educator is to find out the fascinations and lack of interest areas in a student. When the teacher is aware of this it becomes convenient for both the student and the educator to build a space of and for innovation.
- Visual Reflection and Collaborative Learning
Contextual understanding of a pupil enhances when information is imparted through reflective activities. This unconventional method is a benefit for students who are creating it, as well as, for others who see it. This task also invites collaborative learning, because pupils as constructors build their centre for knowledge by themselves, instead of being just subject of teachers.
- Rewards and Recognitions
Recognising and rewarding young minds is a motivator for steady hard work, as well as, giving them a sense of pride.
The Activities Not to be Missed Out
- Not Hosting Non-Conventional Ways
Reading and teaching from text books are followed by everyone. This will help students to become like any regular kid, and not think out of the box. Instead, what the tutor can try out is communicating using various other materials. Introduce young learners to Ted talks, Social Media, Podcasts etc. and make them appreciate the positive and knowledgeable side of these.
- Not Holding Debates and Discussions
Providing an arena to voice opinions and begin discussions might involve a little more work for the educator, however, this can bring on the table several topics that cannot be covered in an hour’s class. Students can think critically about the material taught and contribute or contradict perceptions of others, thereby spreading more new paths to look at a particular topic.
- Non-involvement Students
Moving ahead from meaningless chats, lecturers can come up with quiz or question sessions to involve all the students in class. This will bring
Teachers can have students come up with some of the questions on quizzes or create captivating lesson plans to further involve them in the education process. Pairing up struggling students with students who excel; for the students who do the teaching, the teaching fosters creativity as they develop new ways to present the material.