Creative Teaching and Learning by the artist illustrations by Damien Hazell
Why is creativity so important in education
Creativity is no longer seen as just being for artists and musicians (not that that view was ever accurate). It’s a crucial skill for everybody to master.
Learning how to be more creative (and thus adaptable) prepares students for life beyond the classroom.
Introducing more creativity into the learning process doesn’t have to make the educators` job harder. It can actually make it a lot more interesting.
Some may classify creativity as a skill, but this seems to ignore context. In the MBM T&D Centrer we rather consider it more a phenomenon. To us creativity is:
1) something new (or something old brought into a new context) and
2) something deemed valuable.
In addition, we look at creativity in education both from pedagogical and learning perspectives.
‘Creativity extends right across all age-ranges, all levels of competence, all teaching contexts and all geographical regions. And it applies equally to teachers as well as learners. Creativity is a universal, though its manifestations may be specific and local.’
– Alan Maley
Creative teaching often takes students to the edge. Getting out of their comfort zones can cause people to re-examine where they are and what they have been holding on to. Consequently, students have opportunity to move beyond status-quo.
Creative Teaching Skills
There is a perception that some teachers are gifted with natural creativity, and the rest of us have to beg and borrow to obtain creative ideas. In the MBM TDC`s Teacher Training Academy we believe that truly creative teachers are not so gifted in creation but they are rather masters at gleaning ideas from all kinds of sources.
We believe that - gifted or not, all teachers can use a dose of creativity to liven up the learning and therefore we are prepared to offer a set of tailor-made Creative Teaching Toolbox, addressing the learning needs of the teachers who would like to improve their creative teaching skills and boost their creative ideas.
Watch related webinar recordings:
Creating creative teachers - Marisa Canstantinides
Creativity in the language classroom - Nik Peachey
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