Originally posted 2016-07-30 06:39:00.
There is no perfect education system. Nowadays, student learning is confined between listening to lessons, taking standardized tests and scoring high in tests. Teachers, school administrators and district supervisors may find these things of utmost importance. But for students, they might not see these subjects as relevant in real life. The traditional idea of learning is getting high grades otherwise, students become outcast for not complying with school standards. Each student is unique in his or her own way. Breaking the traditional education system might just be the right thing to do, especially in this day and age of technology. There are many available resources to stimulate learning through creativity education.
What is Creativity Education
Creativity education must be maximized, both of teachers and of students. Education after all, is not just about the system but it is also about stimulating the mind to think creatively. No two children are alike.
Every student in the classroom has a unique characteristic. This has been proven with the emergence of the Multiple Intelligence Theory. Students excel not only in academics but in other areas as well. This means that children can learn using various teaching techniques. It is a challenge for the teachers to come up with creative teaching techniques and activities to answer the child’s unique way of learning.
For instance, students who are very good at accomplishing logical—mathematical tasks may struggle in English class (Christensen, Horn & Johnson, 2008).
When students are faced with new learning materials and different classroom activities, they tend to think outside the box. The more exposed they are to something that catches their interest; the more likely it is for them get motivated. New approaches are also needed to find a way to promote students, ”motivation, self-esteem and the skills. To all these we would add he need for greater emphasis on individuality, whose development is conditioned by encouraging freedom of learning.
Creativity Education EdTechReview
The monotonous way of lecturing in the classroom can only be effective for a certain period. Afterwards, the teacher might find the student wandering in thoughts. In a more scientific point of view, the human brain is similar to a sponge that can easily absorb ideas. According to cognitive psychologists, when the brain is stimulated to think creatively, the brain’s physical activities change altogether.
This is exactly what children needs. Routine classroom activities do not encourage children to think creatively. Rather, it makes them sleepy or makes them want to skip class. There has to be something new to provoke creative thinking. As cited in The New York Times (2013), “the reality is that to survive in a fast-changing world you need to be creative”.
Based on the article published by EdTechReview, creativity education needs to be cultivated and it starts in the classroom. Thus, it becomes a challenge for the teachers to think of creative ways on how to make learning a fun and interesting activity. Perhaps, when a teacher is able to identify students’ strengths and weaknesses, they can start changing their approach to learning.
The fulfillment of teaching is when teachers get to engage students in hands-on activities. Teaching is more than the routine classroom tasks. It is encouraging participation through creative classroom activities.