Creativity: What We Can Do To Foster It
15 November 2019
When designing learning experiences, teachers and parents can plan and provide tools that give children options, voice, and choice in order to enable them to be creative.
1. Creativity is Multidisciplinary: Not only can you practise creativity through many different mediums, its benefits are applicable to almost all professions.
2. Creativity allows you to express yourself: An integral part of the human condition involves learning who we are and recognising how that fits into the rest of the world. Creativity allows self-discovery, as well as the opportunity to share a hidden side of ourselves.
3. Creativity promotes thinking and problem-solving: From technical details of writing, drawing, or composing to the challenge of creating, problem-solving is a required component of the creative process.
4. Creativity reduces stress and anxiety: People usually pursue creative projects because they enjoy the process or the outcome. Just the act of creating inspires a sense of contentment.
5. Creativity allows you to enter your happy zone and have fun: Creativity is really another form of play, and play is universally important to each individual’s sense of joy and wellbeing.
6. Creativity gives you a sense of purpose: Writers, artists, and musicians often identify by those words whether they make money at their craft or not. Their creative method is their way of processing the world and a way of describing who they are.
7. Creativity can lead to feelings of accomplishment and pride: The combination of brainstorming, the technical process, and a finished process is often the perfect recipe for personal satisfaction.
8. Creativity can link you to others with the same passion: Art is important because it fosters a sense of connection and understanding of what it means to be human. A creative focus can help you find your community and feel less alone in the world.
9. Creativity improves your ability to focus: The act of creating requires dedication and commitment, not only to each individual project but to the craft itself.
10. Creativity promotes risk-taking and iteration: Making things isn’t easy; making things others will appreciate is even harder. Creativity requires courage, confidence, and the willingness to fail and try again.
11. Creativity is a prerequisite for innovation: Every advancement known to mankind started with a new idea, and new ideas are inspired by imagination and creativity.
12. Creativity encourages us to be lifelong learners: Creativity requires the humbleness to know that there’s always room for improvement and a commitment to continue challenging your ideas and ability until new growth occurs.
We Learn By Doing
Imagination and creativity are the traits that fuel the future. Both serve to inspire students and should be integrated into every part of learning. In planning and designing learning for students, this we know: Teaching students how to think is more important than teaching students what to think.
Secondary Creative Arts Coordinator