Creativity starts at a very young age. It can be nurtured or suppressed even at its infant stage, which is why it is very important that teachers observe and encourage creativity in the classroom. But how exactly can you do that? There are several ways teachers can encourage creativity, and we will discuss some of the most effective ones here.
Create a Compassionate and Accepting Environment
Your students need to know that they can talk to you at any time about an idea at any time. They also need to realize that they can make mistakes right in front of you without being punished. That is the best way to get them to try many things.
Create a Question-Friendly Environment
Creativity comes from questioning the status quo. When your students know that they can freely ask the question ‘why’ about information, ideas, and beliefs, they will think deeper and develop their creativity.
Practice Generating More Ideas
Like the muscles of our body, creativity grows and becomes stronger when it is exercised. The best way to improve creativity is to generate new ideas. You can implement this in the form of a special time when every student comes up with an idea on how to solve a particular problem.
Give Direct Feedback on Student’s Creativity
Students need feedback about their creativity in order to understand their strengths better and perform better at the things they are good at. Let your students know that you are proud of their creative efforts; they will all improve.
Re-Word Your Assignments to Promote Creative Thinking
There are ways you can give students assignments and arouse their creative ingenuity as a result. You don’t have to be a genius to do this. You can use words like ‘create’, ‘design’, ‘invent’, ‘imagine’, and more to tickle their creative sides.
Lead By Example
If you want your students to embrace creativity fully, you have to model it. You shouldn’t lock up your inner child just because you are a teacher. Show your creativity and encourage your students to follow in your footsteps.
There you have it! Above are some helpful tips for teachers to encourage creativity in the classroom. Many kids need help nurturing their talents and expressing their creative side. There are lots of methods for encouraging creativity in children. The six discussed here are some of the best for classroom teachers.