Creativity as the lifeline for learning

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Sir Ken Robinson says that as educators we need to prepare our students for the future which is a complete mystery for us. We don’t know , how the world will be like in future and what kind of skills will be required by our learners. This make “creativity” inside the classroom all the more imperative.

According to him, our schools kill creativity. “Creativity is as important in education as literacy and we should treat it with status”. All children are creative but our educational system slowly and surely kills this creativity.  Children are not afraid of making mistakes but as we grow up, we stop being creative as we are afraid of making mistakes.  The schools and the society at large looks down upon mistakes and stigmatizes failures.

Nurturing creativity inside the classrooms is a process.  Educators must make a conscious decision so that the learners learn creatively.  Any teacher can develop and nurture this creative attitude. Creating Innovators author, Tony Wagner writes that creative innovators need certain personality traits:

  • perseverance
  • willingness to experiment and take calculated risks
  • tolerance of failure
  • the capacity for design thinking
  • critical thinking

If teachers can create an open,safe environment in the class, teaches relevant content and helps the students to make connections with their real life, encourage and model curiosity and questioning stance, then the students will be willing to take risks as they know that mistakes are fine and failures are like stepping stones towards learning.

References:

  • Sir Ken Robinson: Do Schools Kill Creativity?:

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