In recent years, promoting creativity has become a dominant issue when discussing the most productive learning environment for children in schools. It has been repeatedly argued that education has become a series of endless box ticking, memorising facts and regurgitating statistics. Encouraging a more liberating learning environment could instead gear students towards skills adaptable for the workplace, and creativity could hold the key to success in careers.
Why not use the summer holidays to adapt your classroom environment into a creative space, to keep students’ minds active and busy, kickstarting the new school term?
Encourage imaginative play
A great way to keep children’s imaginations flowing is by encouraging games which stem from the mind. For this you can have a prop box in class to give your students some inspiration. Developing skills to create the student’s own game without a predetermined outcome will help stimulate vital problem-solving skills, innovation and freedom of expression.
Promote the importance of culture
Even if it’s just having the radio on in the background of art lessons, introducing children to music and culture from an early age has many benefits both personally and socially. The Humanist Magazine discusses the advantage of musical activity in helping students improve grades, form lasting friendships and become more confident. Besides this, in a society where social media culture plays such a vital role in our interactions, introducing students to the significance of popular culture in society may offer them a platform to develop a wider cultural interest in the future.
Let the kids decide
Giving the creative freedom to decide activities diminishes the notion of creative boundaries. It is less beneficial to enforce limitations on their imagination by introducing rules and regulations when deciding on an activity. Discussing ideas openly on the whiteboard, or perhaps using a suggestion box will help to promote democratic and communication skills.
Balance multimedia stimulation with reading
In a technology obsessed society, it is easy to allow children to stay glued to a screen, but this is not all negative. Multimedia stimulation can be used as an opportunity to explore different methods of creativity such as videos and animation programmes, and when combined with quiet reading, this can provide a healthy balance of creative learning in varying forms. Why not set up a quiet reading corner or interactive area in your classroom to segment activities?