"Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try." Dr. Seuss
Creativity is making connections and approaching problems in new ways, using your knowledge to explain how one feature links to another; thinking ‘outside the box’ – can I solve this in a different way, can I express this in a different way? It is working with other people to develop fresh solutions and new ideas.
Pupils can come to each lesson with an open mind and be prepared to think for themselves.
- Think about what you already know and how this might link to new information and ideas.
- Be prepared to discuss your ideas with other pupils.
- Be prepared to try different approaches to solving problems and developing explanations.
- Use knowledge gained in other subjects to help you understand what you are currently studying.
- If you have something new and exciting to share – share it!
Teachers can foster pupils’ creativity by being creative themselves.
- Use different approaches when presenting and explaining information.
- Ensure pupils have the necessary subject knowledge and competencies to become creative thinkers.
- Plan lessons which encourage pupils to make connections between different aspects of a subject.
- Allow pupils to work collaboratively to solve problems.
- Use questioning and discussion to generate new understanding and ideas.
Parents can encourage their children to be thoughtful and open-minded about their studies.
- Talk to your child about their work – discuss different approaches and solutions with them.
- Use your own knowledge and skills to suggest alternative perspectives or links between subjects.
- Encourage them to make links between topics, for example when watching the news, or on family outings.