Some say you’re either one or the other. You either approach problems and situations with a creative or logical approach. Whilst I’m sure we can see the importance of being logical and why it’s important to nurture it. But what about creativity? It’s the foundation for a lot of students and where they find passion and confidence. So yes, being logical and thinking critically is important. But what happens when you need to think out of the box? That’s where the creativity comes in; something every student should value and nurture.
Being creative whilst providing a sense of fun and entertainment for students, also brings about happiness. In having a fun and limitless approach to learning, students can feel more comfortable to both be themselves and participate. In exercising their learning and ideas in a comfortable and creative environment, students can also build a sense of resilience. When faced with a problem, students can find alternate approaches and use creative thinking to find a solution.
A sense of creativity in student’s approach and thinking can also lead to successful grades. Student can perform better in being passionate about the subject. Creativity allows for some freedom in the classroom. It allows for students to apply their own spin on a situation and it also allows for students to be individuals in coming up with their own ideas and ways of answering certain questions and situations.
But how can we ensure they don’t lose it?
Encourage students to use their own unique thinking. Thinking out of the box is never going to be a disadvantage. Coming up with your own ways and ideas to things can be rewarding and successful at the same time. Emphasize the idea that it is okay to not have the same thinking or approach as peers. Being different can sometimes mean a stronger outcome or even getting their quicker.
Reinforcing this idea that it’s okay to be different or unique is also a great way to foster students creativity. Students can feel validated and reassured that while it might not be the same approach as the student next to them, it doesn’t mean it is any less. Sometimes taking the scenic route offers more reward.
A little trick that also might come in hand is asking open-ended questions. When asking definitive questions, students can already find the answer. It decreases their thinking and does not foster self-discipline. In asking open-ended questions, students are forced to think creatively and for themselves.
Creativity will also be welcomed. Whether it’s in the workforce or the classroom, students should feel validated and assured that their creative thinking and approaches are encouraged.