The hostel is truly a model for nurturing a sound body and steady mind for the students. It is self-sufficient in all respects and geared to take care of every need of the student.
The hostel mess caters to all the food and nutritional requirements of the students.
Help students develop the habit of asking “why” questions about information, ideas, and beliefs normally taken for granted.
This classroom scenario is all too common: a student keeps asking questions, the teacher and classmates get annoyed, the student gets cut off. Instead of dissuading him or her to stop questioning, reward the questioning and promote an environment of openness so more students feel less afraid to speak up.
Encouraging this type of behavior might require more teaching time, but it will nurture a childlike sense of wonder as your students learn and grow.
Allocate fixed time towards creativity for students with Genius Hours, like Google does for their employees. Creativity is a muscle that grows stronger and more efficient the more we exercise generating ideas.
The more ideas we come up with, the more original the ideas generated will be. The more ideas we come up with, the greater our chances of producing a work of success.
Passive creativity isn’t the only source of “eureka moments.” Actively generating ideas helps you produce better ideas that you’re more likely to act on. Genius is one percent inspiration and 99% perspiration, said Thomas Edison.
For example, Picasso’s masterpieces didn’t just come instantly. His inventory of ideas included over 1,800 paintings, 1,200 sculptures, 2,800 ceramics, 12,000 drawings, plus prints, rugs and tapestries. Yet, only a handful of these spread virally.
When it comes to ideas, quantity improves quality.
It’s great for students to major in a singular field, whether it’s science, math or art. To foster new ideas and a unique perspective, however, encourage them to learn a variety of skills and subjects. The more unrelated the field, the better.
For example, the scientists of the future would be wise to take coding lessons, guitar lessons, tennis lessons and painting lessons. Learning different methods and practicing new skills not only engages different parts of the brain, but it inspires cross-pollination of ideas from one domain to the other.
In one of the most popular Ted Talks of all time, “How Great Leaders Inspire Action,” Simon Sinek constantly repeats the key takeaway – “people don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.”
To help students unleash more creativity, lead by example, and openly share your original ideas with the class. Model what it looks like to be open to feedback and bounce ideas off of one another.
Great ideas don’t always make sense to everyone at first. Even The Lion King went through multiple iterations with Disney’s producers until the writers eventually reframed it as the story of Hamlet but with lions.
When assigning classroom activities, allow students to do some work on their own. Doing individual work not only prevents groupthink, but it also facilitates student participation and helps them value their peers’ strengths more.
For example, you could facilitate a group project on Europe, where each student has to research and share interesting facts and stories about different countries. Learn more about the Jigsaw Classroom method here.
To learn more about promoting original, creative thinking in others, check out the following resources.
As role models of people’s most formative years, teachers have a strong influence in encouraging or suppressing creativity. This responsibility doesn’t solely fall on the education system, but it’s worth remembering that almost 100% of students show strong creative abilities before becoming students.
As Sir Ken Robinson said, “creativity is now as important to education as literacy.”
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