Creativity is the key to education

By on April 28, 2016

“Without creativity, we are all less inspired, less inventive, less resourceful, less socially aware, less globally aware, less of a society… and ultimately less human”.- Nigel Carrington

How many times did you tell yourself “I am not a creative person.” Well, I am sure you did this at least once in your life and I am sure you are going to face a lot of this kind of moments when you find yourself useless, without ideas, imagination or sense of creativity.

Let’s define creativity

It’s extremely important to define the meaning of imagination, creativity and innovation. Imagination is defined as our capacity to remember things that happened or exist or things that didn’t happened and do not exist. For example, you can imagine a green rat, but, actually, we cannot find one in the real world. It’s really important to understand that imagination is the main gift of our human consciousness.

Being creative means realising something. People are creative when they are producing something, when they have actions and results. Creativity is an applied imagination.

Innovation appears when you put creativity into practice. When you innovate, you bring something new or you improve something.

Creativity by Angelina Litvin

by Angelina Litvin

Why do we need creativity?

The challenges we currently face are without precedent. More people live on this planet now than at any other time in history. The world’s population has doubled in the past 30 years. We’re facing an increasing strain on the world’s natural resources. Technology is advancing at a headlong rate of speed. It’s transforming how people work, think, and connect. It’s transforming our cultural values.”, Sir Ken Robinson in an interview with Amy M. Azzam.

So, if we don’t start using our imagination, we might fail adapting to all the challenges and changes that are constantly surrounding the world we live in.

Creativity by Roman Mager

by Roman Mager

Creativity in education

After reading so many examples, I realised that creativity in schools refers more to teaching methods and an educational approach that enable teachers and students to determine their own teaching/learning method. These help them realise what are their strengths and weak points and cultivate their passions and talents.

Actually, the idea of beaing creative gives a voice to a person’s thoughts, making him/her being self-determined to realise/do something in that way. This thing boosts motivation in schools in two directions. In the first one teachers should find a way of connecting teaching to student interests and in the second one students become willing to cultivate their own talent and passions.

Creativity by Joanna Kosinska

by Joanna Kosinska

Sources of inspiration

My main source of inspiration is Sir Ken Robinson, an internationally recognized leader in the development of creativity, innovation, and human resources; www.sirkenrobinson.com.

Anyway, I believe that a source of inspiration can be your teacher, your friend, your mother or brother, your neighbour or who else you consider that you can learn something from.  Also, after a simple search on Google you can identity a lot of national and international platforms and websites that can boost your creativity with knowledge and relevant information according to your interests. Related to education I highly recommend: Khan Academy, early years platforms for resources, The Artful Parent, Edutopia etc.

Creativity by Neslihan Gunaydin

by Neslihan Gunaydin

Teaching for creativity

In the end, I want to leave you with this idea that it’s really important for us all to try, day by day, to teach ourselves for creativity. This means that we should constantly experiment, innovate, explore, find new ways and solutions, tools or answers to our questions. Doing this with ourselves it becomes a habit and a way of thinking day by day. So why not teaching for creativity?!

And remember: we are all creative, we should just start using our imagination…

Sources: Out of Our Minds: Learning to be creative, by Sir Ken Robinson,  Revised and updated edition published 2011, ascd.org and newstatesman.com

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