When it comes to what to teach our students, researchers are largely divided. There are, after all, so many things to teach, but so little time to do so. However, the vast majority of teachers agree that teaching creativity in the classroom is one of the most important attributes to help our children learn, as doing so can help our children in numerous ways. As such, here are five things we can do to teach our students creativity.
Model Curiosity & Inquisition
There is no question that students – and particularly younger students – will model the adults in their lives, and particularly their teachers. That means it is incumbent upon adults to demonstrate curious, intellectual behavior among their students. They can do this by asking their students open-ended questions geared to make them think and delve deeper into the subject.
Make Creativity Accessible
Teachers have to ensure that they are teaching to their students at a medium and in a way in which they will understand, regardless of that student’s learning style or any handicaps that they suffer from. There is no question that creativity can be taught to any student, regardless of their disabilities. It just depends on having a good enough teacher and role model.
Encourage New Skills
One of the greatest gifts any teacher can give their student is the gift of knowledge. When it comes to students, this means teaching them new skills, new ways of thinking, and a desire to explore both of the above. This means not only harnessing a student’s love for a certain subject but encouraging them to find brand new ways of exhibiting that passion – even if it means in non-traditional ways. As such, the job of any good teacher is to ensure that they are helping their students keep an open mind and find new skills.
Creativity can be taught with help, and it can be guided by others, but for it to be a truly useful, successful trait, it must be learned. People have to be trained on how to think, act, and live on their own. When it comes to students, this means that it is more important that teachers spend their time teaching students how to think on their own, without outside assistance.
Accept and Welcome Failure
There are few constants in this world, and even fewer when it comes to the universe of creativity, save for one: Failure. Anyone who tries anything new will fail when they first try it. The key, then, is to teach students to not fear failure but to welcome it. How can a student become better at failing? How can they learn from their mistakes and grow in that failure, enabling them to find better and more creative ideas?
Creativity is the key cornerstone to the development of countless abilities. This is why it is so important for teachers to do whatever they can to help teach this vital skill.