Boosting creativity amongst your students can seem like an impossible task, an insurmountable obstacle. Especially when you consider the fact that most people consider creativity an inherent quality. We describe certain people as being “creative” and may even consider ourselves not very creative. So, how do we convince students that they can be more creative? And how do we help them do it?
The most important thing is to genuinely believe yourself that creativity can be increased. If your students think you aren’t sincere about it, they may believe the whole process is a gimmick. They’ll be significantly less likely to benefit from anything you try to do to encourage them.
The second, is to give them the time and space to cultivate their creativity. You can maintain the pace of your curriculum while also doing this, trust us. Incorporating projects which have broad guidelines rather than strict requirements can be a great way to do this. Encourage students to really make the project their own. To go beyond the average book report or presentation. The more they tailor their projects to their individual interests, the more they’ll absorb the information about any topic while simultaneously building up their ability to think outside of the box.
Of course their are many other small ways to help as well. Start your class with a riddle to solve and sit back and watch your students’ minds be challenged. Encourage them to discuss possible answers with each other and utilize collaboration. Or, start a class with a short free-writing period. Give them the space to express themselves and clear their minds for a productive class.
How do you boost your students’ creativity? Let us know in the comments!