Creativity used to be seen as a natural ability, one you were either born with or would never have. Not anymore. What’s more, creativity in the classroom has been harder to come by. We now know creativity is something that can be learned, honed and improved by any student, young or old, whether they can draw or not.
Sir Ken Robinson in a 2003 TED talk explained how our current testing-focused school systems suppress creativity by teaching toward one right answer, and leave little room for divergent thinking. Creativity in the classroom can make a huge impact on how kids view themselves while decoupling from a test-focused curriculum.
This stagnation is not only hurting us as adults but it’s hurting our economy. Businesses, particularly tech companies and consulting firms, increasingly value creativity among workers. They incentivize innovative methods and provide training aimed at unlocking their employees’ creative potential. According to David Hughes, founder of Decision Labs and professor at UNC Chapel Hill, the innovation that is not taught in school is an essential skill for our global economy.
If you are an educator at any level, you can help your students’ overall performance and future employability by incorporating some simple methods into classroom activities.
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