Students of Pre-Primary had a fun activity ‘Lime & Lemony’ on Tuesday, 18th June 2019. They prepared a tangy lemonade with fresh lemons and relished it thoroughly
There are multiple paths that lead to understanding. Students should be encouraged to seek out these paths and experiment with new ideas. They do their best when students are encouraged to ask questions and explore things deeper. This is what inculcating the skill of creativity does for students. It gives them a perspective that allows them to view mistakes as opportunities for growth and learning rather than failures in learning. It empowers them to become more open and receptive to new and different ideas so they can use it to build upon their own existing knowledge.
A great way for educators to promote creativity in the classroom is to give students choice and options with regards to assignments and projects. All students have different ways in which they can be creative, so the projects they work on should accept and embrace those differences and help students develop this quality of creative thinking.
Let us explore some ways the best international schools in Bangalore recommend harnessing the creativity of students:
- Embrace creativity as part of learning
Your classroom should be designed to recognize creativity. This could be in the form of bulletin boards that showcase the different and original ways to solve a problem, or even demonstrate examples of creative solutions to real-world problems.
- Be aware during discussions
When students ask questions that are beyond or diverging from the scope of a lesson, engage them once in a while rather than dismissing these queries as not related to the syllabus. You can devote a certain time slot in the week to take up such questions so save important class time. A good way to keep track of these queries is to note them down on a board where the whole class can see them so that everyone can collectively build their skills of creative thinking. This is also a useful way of getting all students in the class in on how their peers think.
- Rewards & recognition are important to keep students motivated
Setting goals and having achievements is a vital important part of the creative learning process. When student achievements are rewarded in the classroom, it gives them an incentive to keep doing good work as well as instils a sense of pride and faith in the work they have been doing.
- Keep it colourful
Colourful classrooms aren’t only meant for primary school. Use colour in creative and unconventional ways in the class in the form of daily inspiration posters and colour-coded corners. Colour is a powerful tool to help students absorb and retain new content. Even while taking notes colour helps in comprehension and retention of new information.
Now that you know how some of the top international schools in Bangalore are building the essential skills of creativity in students, feel free to imbibe these in your schools as well; the results will be astonishing.
Students of Grade 1 to Grade 9 had an adventurous trip on 5th April ’19 On this trip, students had an opportunity to experience the rural life and natural surroundings that have become a rare sight in the concrete jungles we call cities. The students had explored Farm-To-Fork activities such as – sowing, harvesting,farming, pottery and tractor ride. Apart from this, students were also engaged in other activities such as, High Rope Course (one obstacle), Archery & Shooting etc
The days where students were expected to come up with one ‘right’ answer in class are long gone. Students today are active learners who are more subjective than objective in their thinking and perceiving information. This is a skill that schools can help cultivate in students so as to help them grow into independent thinkers.
The skill of thinking independently is at the forefront of learning and is a highly desired leadership quality. When students can think independently, they can make sense of the world based on experience and observation, and are better placed to make critical decisions. They also have higher confidence and develop the ability to learn from their mistakes to become successful in everything they do.
Independent thinking can be developed by activating and engaging habits of mind which include like persistence, questioning, and posing problems, thinking flexibly, and taking responsible risks. This empowers students to become better problem solvers.
Let us explore what this looks like in the classroom. Here are some ways teachers can support the development of independent thinking in students:
- Create an open environment
Students come into class expecting to sit and listen to teachers passively. To encourage independent thinking teachers can make clear at the beginning of the school year that they expect students to be active participants in the class. This means more opportunities for students to speak up and share their ideas on what they are learning. This is also an excellent way to increase student alertness in class as they will be more sensitive and tuned into what is happening around them.
- Encourage open-ended questions
Students can be put in small discussion groups to come up with answers that require them to share and exchange ideas on open-ended questions. This is a good activity to get them to actively use their minds as well as develop the habit of carefully and attentively listening to their peers. At the end of the discussion, students can be asked to share highlights from each group with the rest of the class. The same questions can be repeated in a cycle for students to see how their independent thinking skills have improved over time.
- Focus on the positive and reward initiative
When students take risks make it a point to acknowledge and encourage that initiative. Once a student feels that they did the right thing by taking a risk, then you can move to analysing the validity of their ideas. This keeps students involved in the learning process and deepens their learning.
A number of schools all over India and including the top CBSE schools in Bangalore have experienced tremendous success using the above techniques to build independent thinking in students.
The right amount of creativity in education develops students into innovative and original thinkers. Creative expression also plays an important role in the emotional development of students. This was the impetus for our cultural evening of 2018 ‘Pearls of Wisdom’, where students performed their rendition of the Rudyard Kipling classic ‘Jungle Book’. Our students left the audience captivated on the December evening of 21st with their spell-binding performance that was topped off with dance and music.
Mr.Gearoid McCarthy from University College Cork – National University of Ireland had given an insightful presentation on Medicine & Healthcare programs offered at their university to our students today.