Creativity is a factor that involves an individual’s growth and development. The more a person is creative, the more likely the person is intended to be better in any field. Students need to be creative in order to achieve better grades, in turn achieving better results, and overall better growth in the field of study. As quoted;
“Creativity is intelligence having Fun.”-Albert Einstein
Creativity is defined as the inherent qualities of mind to generate or know about ideas, options, or probabilities and possibilities that are related to any field of work or study and is used in solving problems resulting in useful and unique outcomes, communicating with others, effective conveyance of idea and much more. Creativity defines an individual’s uniqueness of conveying certain ideas which are different than the usual ways of solving problems or creating certain new outcomes.
Students tend to have misconceptions regarding the two terms respectively, creative and artistic. These terms are often used in place of one another, but both have different meanings. A student can be artistic and creative, but to be creative a student need not be an artist. A student can be creative in any field of study irrespectively compared to any art form.
Creativity can be fostered by teaching techniques and teachers to students. Creativity is thinking out of the box, solving problems with unique and more acceptable solutions. Hereunder are 4 ways to develop Creativity among Students.
1. Encouraging astudent’s creative ideas and rewarding them.
Encouraging creative ideas in the classroom is the best way to inculcate creativity into students. Listening out the ideas without judgments, bias, or any kind of discrimination and providing positive feedback can encourage students for creative thinking. Everyone needs to be creative for their irrespective field of work, or subject of interest then and then only a student can be a better learner. For instance, for teaching a lower grade student about shapes; a teacher can practically ask them to draw shapes, bring shapes in things, be shapes themselves or accessorize themselves with shape-based drawings, or play a shape-based game on the playground. A student can choose his/her method to learn shapes from the provided options. After a student puts his/her creative ideas into action the teacher should also reward the effort and the idea.
2. Teaching that creativity is not limited to only Arts or Artistic subjects.
Creativity is not limited to art fields or a work field where you need to be imaginative. All the subjects can be learned in a creative way. Difficult subjects like Maths, Science, Economics, and all the difficult subjects can be simplified by various creative learning techniques like getting practical solutions to difficult parts of the subjects, learning the subject with a practical approach, trying to understand difficult topics with a different perspective and much more. Even the teaching pedagogy of the school can help the students in learning the difficult subjects in a better way. Teachers can also teach the subjects in a creative way rather than the old school techniques.
3. Creativity can be gained through freedom of thoughts.
Sometimes constraints/disciplined thoughts can block and are a hindrance in finding new and unique ways to solve problems. Thus by giving freedom of thoughts and action to students can result in them unleashing their different or creative side and their learning abilities. Students indeed unleash their hidden creative side in difficult subjects, Difficult to remember strategies, and the toughest skill showcasing events. But a student can be creative in any conditions not necessarily under pressure or so. People usually believe that original or creative ideas only come from creative freedom and unlimited resources. But this is not completely true! Creativity does not require any special condition or environment. Yes! that is true that a student can bloom to their fullest potential if provided with the right and fair environment. A healthy and disciplined lifestyle allows a student to live freely without many constraints healthwise thus providing freedom to explore education and learning techniques and be creative with learning new things and solving problems in a creative manner.
4. Providing a flexible classroom layout and favourable classroom conditions.
Creativity can be unleashed by working in different formats like group projects, solo projects, paired projects, and much more. Providing a flexible classroom layout in order to start the application of projects is very essential. A teacher can create a collaborative classroom layout to keep the creativity flowing between different subjects. Instead of lining up desks in straight rows and columns, a creative desk layout with different shapes like a semi-circle, U-shaped layout, paired layout, complete circle layout, or such layouts which give freedom to work and enhance the creativity. One of the most fun and immersive classroom decor ideas is to follow a similar decor from bulletin boards to door designs. A teacher can create themes using different ancient and historic themes like mini stone caves for storage, pyramids for learning heights, or colour-coded palettes to learn colours.
Thus the above-mentioned points can be useful for students to be guided towards creativity. A student can also have a few misconceptions regarding creativity or any ideas related to that which are mentioned below:
- A student/person is either born creative or just cannot be creative at any given point of time even if he/she wishes to.
- Trying to change work place, or work enviroment, or altogether the field of work can restrain creativity.
- Creativity tends to be a solitary activity.