Published Date: 23 Feb 17
Creativity is to produce something extraordinary. It leads to divergent thinking and adheres to out of box ideas. It develops the students’ mind in an usual manner and helps in display of hidden calibers. The learner connects all the unrelated phenomena, works in a witty manner to derive a resolution to a given problem. Creativity not only implies to construct a physical article or a piece of art, painting but it can even be shown in writing skills as well.
In olden days, due to the prevalence of the Gurukul system the classrooms were not equipped with gadgets neither the teachers were much aware of the teaching techniques.
Lecture based study was done to educate the students. This could not nourish their complete personality. Moreover, they were simply becoming parasites on their teachers for the knowledge.
But these days the scenario has been completely reversed. The learners with the advent of technologies, awareness and new teaching techniques and well equipped classrooms are prone to use creativity. Rather it would not be in appropriate to say that these days the curriculums are so designed to promote creativity in classrooms. These days the question papers are designed in such a manner that they condemn the use of rote learning and foster divergent thinking.
Creativity can be brought easily in the classrooms by applying innovative teaching techniques like brain storming which means having lots of ideas from students on a given topic and creating conditions where no student should be criticized and every idea should be considered. According to Linus Pauling ( Double noble Laureate) – "The best way to have a good idea is to have a lots of ideas."
It is important to set aside plenty of time for brainstorming, and to keep exploring even when you think you’ve found a good idea: the first idea is very seldom the best.
The right side of our brain works with the messy and innovative ideas whereas the left brain follows logic. One method to do this is by drawing something in three dimensions, using junk-modelling or balloons. This can be an individual or group activity, to help in cognitive understanding of every one attending the class.
The next technique for spurting creativity could be that give students their individual place and time which they need to develop an idea.
Another method to promote creativity is by Role Playing. It can be done by assigning certain roles to the students on a given topic for Eg. Shakespeare plays. This way they can dramatise and show their in buit talent. Mind map drawing is a unique method through which a child writes whatsoever is coming into his mind. Worksheets, models, charts, Gaming and various group activities can aid creativity. Flash cards and Pictures can also stimulate the learner to think differently and will further cascade the ideas in a another manner.
So this outflow of the notions by using the various given set of objects provided by the educator will surely ignite the bulb of even a dull student. So creativity is must in learning and teaching as well.
Blog by: Neha Chhabra
( TGT English )