Carrying out activities to develop creativity in students is essential in a society that demands innovative and creative people who are self-managed and, at the same time, respond to the challenges of today’s working world.
We will share with you some recommendations to let your imagination fly.
First, let’s talk about creativity.
Creativity is one of the most important cognitive processes of human beings. It is also a skill that today’s large companies are encouraging and developing through spaces in which they are encouraged to think, create, innovate, and project the potential of their employees. This allows them to constantly improve and achieve high production levels with competitive quality standards.
Creativity is an inherent human ability, and strengthening it in students generates greater possibilities for proposing ideas and answers to situations or tasks to be developed.
In this regard, given the importance of creativity in today’s professional environments, why not foster it from an early age? And, in this order of ideas, how should creativity be worked on in the classroom?
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Types of creativity
Let’s learn about some of the different types of creativity that exist: Jeffrey Thomas De Graff (Michigan, 1958) proposes 5:
1- Mimetic Creativity
This type of creativity is about taking an idea that already exists and adapting it to achieve a solution to a problem.
2- Bisociative Creativity
This type of creativity joins two or more different ideas together to generate a new one.
3- Narratological Creativity
It allows people to tell, narrate, and create stories.
4- Analogical Creativity
It allows a review of past mistakes in order to change situations that may arise in the future.
5- Intuitive Creativity
It allows a person to create ideas intuitively and easily without the need to be affected by external situations.
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Creativity in the classroom
Here are some things you can do in class to stimulate your students’ creativity:
- Allow for the exchange of ideas. Keep in mind that there are no good or bad ideas.
- Encourage dialogue spaces so that students can listen to the opinions of other classmates and thus generate solutions together.
- Ask questions with open-ended answers.
- Provide personalized feedback in which you highlight each student’s strengths and opportunities for improvement.
- Take advantage of technology to propose new and interactive activities.
- Promote spaces in which students can put their knowledge into practice.