Creativity: Wikipedia definition

Creativity is a phenomenon whereby something new and somehow valuable is formed. The created item may be intangible (such as an idea, a scientific theory, a musical composition, or a joke) or a physical object (such as an invention, a printed literary work, or a painting).
Scholarly interest in creativity is found in a number of disciplines, primarily psychology, business studies, and cognitive science, but also education, technology, engineering, philosophy (particularly philosophy of science), theology, sociology, linguistics, and economics, covering the relations between creativity and general intelligence, personality type, mental and neural processes, mental health, or artificial intelligence; the potential for fostering creativity through education and training; the fostering of creativity for national economic benefit, and the application of creative resources to improve the effectiveness of teaching and learning.

Why Creativity is Important for 21st century students

Creativity and critical thinking are key skills for complex, globalized and increasingly digital economies and societies. For many teachers and education policy makers it is definitely unclear what it means to develop these skills in a school setting. Creativity, as a 21st-century skill, has gained momentum since last decades and has become one of the key competencies to be implemented in classrooms. Introducing creativity in classroom maybe overload school curricula but importance of implementing these skills for teachers as-well as students should be top priority.

How to Cultivate creativity in the classroom

  • Pose questions and challenges, and follow up with opportunities for solitude and reflection. This provides time and space to foster the forging of new connections that is so vital for creativity.
  • Stretch students to take creative risks and do what they’re unsure of.
  • Let students dream about solutions without borders and accomplishment without limitations. When designing a solution for a problem, lead them to think toward imagining what they want as opposed to just what they think is possible.
  • Connect problems and their solutions to real-world situations
  • Keep their interest and give them space
  • Design a learning environment and a schedule that encourages play, discovery, and useful failure.
  • Find ways to involve parents and the wider community in the students’ creative pursuits.

Areas Global Community can use Creative Solutions today

  • Global warming
  • Overpopulation
  • Pollution control
  • Health care for all
  • Clean drinking water
  • Electronic waste management

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