The classroom is where students have their aspirations cultivated and learning about the expectations of society. Therefore with the correct curriculum, it is a place where imagination is nurtured. However, rote memorisation and regurgitation of information is still the common practices in classrooms today; thereby resulting in a lack of future innovators within society. The current education model fails to prepare students for the present dynamic environment. The classrooms is responsible for equipping students with the ability to transform the raw materials of the world and develop innovative concepts.
An education in creativity involves both unstructured play and imitating models. This provides students with guidelines to create without restricting their choices. Breaking the mold of the past serves to demonstrate how students can develop new concepts through past references and teaches them not to be intimidated what have been previously created. In addition, more than one creative solution should be requested from students when asked of them for ingenious output.
Creating numerous solutions takes training and this needs to start learning. From literature to science to programming, students usually stick to one correct answer; some reinforcement is need to drive students to further explore any other possibilities. Generating options also provides students an appreciation for the natural diversity they see in the world around them. This exercise is a compelling way to grasp the concept of natural selection and its challenges. This helps to develop critical skill among future innovators: looking around and creating new solutions.
A sandboxing approach can also be applied to creative assignments where students need to to provide creative options without being graded. This not only encourages students to expand options, it also give an opportunity to take chances without penalty; thereby promoting risk-taking. Another method to drive risk-taking is to deal with real-world problems, ones without solutions.
To achieve a thriving society of creative adults, it is important to motivate risk-taking students who will not cringe in fear of the incorrect answers.
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