In the New School Year, Creativity Should Be Encouraged

reg430 By reg430, 16th Sep 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Now that school is in full swing, there are some concerns that need to be addressed. One of these is the promotion of creativity in the classroom. Two of the factors that need to be looked at include the teacher’s attitude toward creativity and the ways creativity can be encouraged.

Memorization - The Old Way of Teaching

An outdated method of teaching is the instructor who stands before a group of students and persists on spewing out fact after fact. The students have to memorize these facts and then give them back to the teacher in either verbal or written format. The only learning element used here is memorization. After the student is finished with the given class, he/she may or may not retain the information.

The Student's Role in the Traditional Classroom

Through this particular method of teaching, students learn the role they are to play in the classroom. They listen to the lecture, or the talking the teacher does, and then wait for the teacher to ask a question. The student then raises his/her hand and sits tight until called upon. At this point, the student is given permission to speak. This type of learning has its place. It can check to see how efficient the student is in recall, but it does nothing for creative thought. Instead, the student learns that his/her interpretation or insight is not important.

Encourage Individual Thought

Teachers can promote creativity in the classroom through encouragement. If a student expresses his/her thought about a particular point, the teacher should not rush to conclude that the student is being disruptive. Instead, the teacher can use this as an opportunity for an in-class activity or, if the students are older, as the start for a group research project. In no way should a teacher allow a student who is expressing his/her individuality as the focal point for other students to make fun of him/her.

Methods for Creativity

A way to include creativity is through journal writing. Students should be taught that the journal is an excellent place for expressing his/her individuality. With the journal, there should be no grading on rightness or wrongness. Instead, students can be rewarded for expressing their own thinking and for having thought out a particular problem. In literature classes, students can use their creativity by acting out a story studied in class. Students can use their artistic ability by creating a picture, painting, or object, which they identified with while studying the material presented in class.

Teachers, Use Creativity

Teachers can use their own creativity by generating in-class activities that encourage individuality and innovativeness.


Creative Expression, Creativity, Individual Thought, Journals In The Classroom

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author avatar reg430
I have been involved in writing since earning my M.A. in English/Creative Writing over 20 years ago. Most of my work, though, has been in the classroom, helping others better their writing.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
16th Sep 2014 (#)

My son journals in his classes. He doesn't care for it. But he likes doing experiments and doesn't mind math homework.
I think more creativity could be used in the classrooms -- not every student likes it, some just see it as more work.
But if there are schools that don't employ or allow for creative thought, well, that's just sad.

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author avatar Retired
16th Sep 2014 (#)

Yep, I'm old school ... and I don't know how I made it this far.
I like your writing because your grammar is flawless. I see a lot of really bad grammar on some of these pages, and it drives me crazy.
Thank you, Rebecca.

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author avatar reg430
16th Sep 2014 (#)

Thank you. I think more people should be aware of grammar. In today's world, what with texting,etc, grammar seems to be taking a back seat.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
16th Sep 2014 (#)

This method is catching on in Asia too though some teachers find it challenging! But this way enlivens the classroom and brings out the best from creative minds - siva

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author avatar reg430
16th Sep 2014 (#)

Silva - creativity is very important. It encourages people to think outside the box.

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