Creativity is often mentioned as one of the most required skills in this day and age. It's also highly associated as the ideal soft skill to help people get hired and excel around the workplace.
While having integrity and global thinking skills as leaders in the place of work are quite important, the fact says otherwise.
The International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) created a poll for CEOs, and 60% of them believe creativity is the most important leadership quality.
Seeing what's happening in the field, it's important for teachers (including you) to foster students' creativity. Aside from the parents' role at home, school is another perfect space to cultivate the skill of the students.
That said, as teachers, it might be a great time for you to shift your focus toward this crucial skill. If you're wondering how to unleash your students' creativity, follow these 4 tips below:
1. Let students explore their ideas
The first, foremost step is to let your students act and do their ideas; not only see or hear from you. If they don't start doing something, then they won't be able to explore their ideas.
That's why as a teacher, you need to provide an activity that focuses on fostering your students' creative skills, such as letting your students envision their ideas into reality.
To do so, you can plan an individual or group activity, which requires your students to produce creative work based on the given theme or topic. It can also be related to the materials that you're about to share in the classroom.
Using Assemblr EDU as a supporting platform, your students will be able to turn their ideas into reality with all the tools provided—such as 2D & 3D objects, images, texts, and videos.
All it takes is simply to drag and drop the objects and let them pour out their imagination directly. When they're finished, they can also view their creation brought to life with the AR experiences! This will stimulate them to keep creating even better creations in the future.
2. Guide upon their creative process
Although it's necessary to let your students explore on their own, it's also your responsibility as a teacher to keep guiding them throughout the process.
When needed, you can hold a one-on-one session with them to discuss their ideas and provide suggestions on what to improve.
If they eventually encounter any problems or mistakes, that's totally okay. However, don't let them dwell in the same position ever—you need to be the one to pull them up and get them back on their feet again.
When this happens, try to deliver your feedback in the best, most appropriate way possible. You might want to start with an "I like the way you... because...", and continue with a sentence that drives them to improve such as "Maybe you can try..."
3. Make the classroom a safe space
Again, creativity is something that needs to be practiced and heard out loud. And sometimes, it can only be achieved by hearing out what your students have on their minds.
However, it will never be reached if you don't make your classroom a safe space. This means that you need to make your classroom as comfortable as possible for everyone to discuss and talk about their ideas.
Your role as a teacher will play a crucial part here since you need to cater to your students' ideas. Let your classroom be a free space for your students to explore creativity, even for students who might feel a little shy to say their ideas out loud.
4. Value their creativity
Students love rewards, and they always will. When they have already been brave enough to share their creative ideas, you might want to give them some appreciation.
It doesn't have to be a fancy one—a simple celebratory would mean a lot for them. You can praise them for their ideas, tell them in detail about what makes the ideas creative, and if you have something to suggest, try to put the words nicely.
Also, giving them small presents won't hurt at all. Try to see the things your students love in their grades, and give them to reward and celebrate their creativity.
All in all...
Practicing creativity is not an instant process. What goes behind might be a tiring and long process ahead, but when your students can ultimately develop their creative ideas, there will also come a satisfying reward for you. Let's help them grow, one step at a time!
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