Encouraging Creativity

Encouraging Creativity

Students need to understand that there are usually multiple paths that lead to understanding. They should be encouraged to seek out and experiment with new things or ideas. They should be taught to ask questions and investigate when things do not make sense. They need to learn to view mistakes as an opportunity for learning 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 up and reconstruct their own conceptual knowledge.

Teachers who want to encourage creativity in the classroom should make sure that they are giving their students a lot of choice and different options when it comes to assignments and projects. Teachers encourage creativity by, "not imposing too many assignments and rules on students, giving students choices, providing students opportunities to become aware of their creativity, and accepting students as they are." All students can be creative in some way, and it is the Teachers difficult task to provide opportunity to students to develop their own creative thinking.

 Teachers can do a number of things to make sure that 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 on 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. Teachers can give options on assignments and 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.

(Qamar us Saba)

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