NURTURING CREATIVITY

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Nov 2017 11:37:40


 

By archana dadhe,


Some say creativity is inborn, while others say it is more of a talent and a skill that you must work on. In actuality, creativity is both. While you may be born with a creative talent, you must work on your skill in order to maintain it.


Every invention, both practical and whimsical, was the product of creativity. The car you drive, the clothes you wear, the music you hear, some television shows you watch, the books you’ve read, medicines that have cured your ills all these came from a creative mind, someone who could take existing information and knowledge and tweak it slightly to make something totally new and original.


Creativity is the key to education and the solution of mankind’s problems. Creativity acts as determinate for a motion’s progress. Creativity is one of the most highly valued human qualities.


Creativity, ingenuity, and innovation are the keys to success in the evolving global economy. To prepare young people for work and life in the 21st century, educators must cultivate students' creativity. Therefore, students must learn how to imagine the unimaginable and hone their creative skills.


Creativity is a unique human characteristic that allows individuals to better respond to external changes, such as technological advances and social developments.
Creativity is the ability to generate novel solutions to problems; a trait characterized by flexibility, ingenuity, and originality. Creativity isn’t always something that just happens. It can take quite a bit of work to nurture, grow, and develop creativity, even for those who are immersed in creative and dynamic fields.


One way to get your brain thinking creatively is to start learning about things that excite you. That excitement tends to get the brain motivated, and a motivated brain is an active and creative one. Read, learn, and challenge your own mind to keep it sharp.


Parents and teachers should create a conducive atmosphere to help the student’s foster creativity and skill development while pursuing their studies. Teachers should consider each student as a creative individual because all individuals are creative but in different styles. Parents or teachers can play a big role to develop skills among students. Creativity is one of those skills which can be nurtured among kids with some simple techniques. Being an educator I have noticed that encouragement and praise for simple tasks can help develop creativity among kids.


The following are some things to foster and nurture creativity:


l Design competition to spark creativity among students
l Encourage Curiosity
l Have vivid imagination
l Show pupils that their ideas have values.
l Explore different cultures
l Show consideration to imaginative and unusual ideas of the students.
l Allow the students ask unusual questions.
l Take risks
l Read more
l Make new acquaintances
l Never stop dreaming
l Keep their interest
l Set up problem solving challenges
l Spend time cloud gazing - What sorts of images can you see in the clouds?
l Provide different types of canvases to inspire new ideas.
l Humour is a key ingredient in creativity
l Respect student’s imagination and fantasies.
l Make creativity a part of everyday.
l Emotional detachment from the outcome.


Another way to bring creativity into your children’s lives is to get them to enjoy the process of problem solving. Prompting kids to generate ideas in order to solve a puzzle gets them to engage with their thought processes and broadens their ways of thinking.


We can provide chances for children to learn, think, and discover without threats of immediate evaluation. Constant evaluation, especially during practice and initial learning, makes children afraid to use creative ways to learn. We must accept their honest errors as part of the creative process.


Real artwork is based on the child’s own experience, memory, observation and imagination. Real artwork is not borrowed from other children or other artists.
"Imagination is more important than knowledge." Imagination is the door to possibilities. It is where creativity, ingenuity, and thinking outside the box begin for child development.


Creative children are assets to the society. Development and progress in various fields depend on these children. Our educational institutions should aim at the development of creativity in children to prepare them for different walks of life. No nation whether big or small can afford to overlook the importance of creativity in this age of competition. Who survives this competition largely depends upon its creative minds.

The creative acts affect enormously not only scientific and technological progress, but society in general. Nations who learn best how to identify, encourage and develop the creative potential in their people may find themselves in a very advantageous position as compared to the nations that are failed to identify and develop the talented mind. Creativity is a basic tool for progress in any society or community.


(The author is from MBA Department, G S College of Commerce & Economics, Nagpur)