Kids are as fragile as a flower; they grow up learning from their environment. Their thoughts and behavior can easily be mended, thus, it’s our utmost duty that we make them stronger, creative, and mindful, allowing them to have the kind of knowledge they deserve.
Let me ask you one thing, being a teacher or a parent, what do you observe when a kid learns something? Of course, every child is different from another, but what is the common thing in learning? How do you expect a kid to catch up with what you are teaching?
In the history of my student life, like all of you, I’ve been taught by various educators. Everyone had their teaching approach, some taught by traditional teachings methods, but some went out of their way and created an innovative environment. And guess what most of us liked? The innovation, the creativity, the determination, the engaging atmosphere of the classroom, all led to unforced learning.
There was a charm in her that attracted students and that charm was seen in the classroom. We were the only section that was on the top, be it in studies or extracurriculars. Other students would take tips from us and no doubt we felt out of the world. And now when I think about it, I realize that it was the creative teaching tactics and learning environment that made us what we were then. I’ve never experienced such learning after that, to be honest.
Creative Learning Environment
This article is about creating creative learning environments in schools or at home! Our focus is to make you understand the importance of creativity, how you can make a creative environment for kids, and why your kids need to be taught in a fun and modern way!
Importance of creativity
Dawn Dupriest once said and I quote, ‘There’s nothing more gratifying than constructing something creative.’ Do you remember, the pride you felt as a child when you made a sand house or a LEGO or even a mini clay dough creature and showed it to your parents? Creativity is everywhere, there’s no specific time for it, not just in childhood, you can be creative in your teenage or in adulthood not only for yourself but also for people around you, especially your kids!
Do you know what being creative means? Involving all your senses to create wisdom that hasn’t existed before! Why do students need creative learning? It helps them produce information, they wouldn’t be bound to old-school teaching and unforced learning. It will bring joy and will add meaning to their learning experience.
If you want the students to grow, feel confident in themselves and take action, you need to create an open, trustworthy, and modern place for them. A positive classroom environment leads to increased opportunities for students to connect positively with their classmates and educators.
Creativity leads to
Being multidisciplinary – creativity doesn’t make a kid creative for just a specific field or profession. It is multidisciplinary and makes him one also! kids can apply their creative skills in whatever profession they like. The skills and confidence students gain in their school days make an impact on them so that they prosper in the careers they choose!
Expressive – not every child is expressive. It is an important thing for a kid to learn who he is and to know how he can fit into the rest of the world! Through creativity, kids self-discover themselves and share their hidden sides with others.
Less stress – creativity leads to decreased anxiety and stress. How? Humans mostly follow projects which are creative because they relish the process or the result. This helps them cope with the anxiety. Simply the act of creating encourages a sense of satisfaction. Amid The burden of education, kids can surely do a little creativity. No?
Being happy and having fun –lets the kids enter their happy zone. Another form of creativity is play. And universally, play is important for every child’s well-being and sense of pleasure.
Having a sense of purpose – creativity allows kids to have a sense of determination, it is the way through which they can process and communicate to the world and describe who they are!
Feeling accomplished and proud – we should make kids feel proud by assigning them creative tasks and let them finish with their best. This will make them more confident and determined to do more!
Be a lifelong learner –we need to teach kids that there’s always room for more learning and improvement. Encouraging them to continue challenging their ideas and abilities would make them lifelong learners until new growth hits!
Innovative – kids advance by having new ideas and each idea is motivated by creativity and imagination. Open-ended questions and discussions are teaching tactics that lead to students developing an innovative mindset.
Taking risk – kids should learn that it’s okay to take risks. It’s okay to fail but the condition is to try again. Creativity demands strength, self-confidence, and disposition to fail but try again!
More focused and attentive – traditional teaching methods are boring for students leading to their loss of focus! By including creative teaching tactics, we can improve the focus and attention of kids, thus, making the study time more productive.
Following passions – we should provide space for kids to follow their passions in addition to excelling in academics. Be it music, poetry, drawing, or any other interest, educators need to give this opportunity to every kid. This gives them a sense of pleasure and they manage academics with a free mind.
Creating A pioneering learning environment for children:
- Mindset. Overall classroom atmosphere depends on the outlook of the educator. If a teacher is excited about his subject, the students tend to follow. Make sure to be passionate about your subject while teaching.
- Open-ended questions. These have various answers and points of view! Different answers lead to exciting conversations and new ideas.
- Let the kids take risks. To learn, children need to experience failure. You should provide real-world projects to students to solve problems, offering them an opportunity to learn by failing and trying again until they thrive.
- A place for all. There are two types of children. Introvert and extrovert. You should keep in mind both while teaching. Extroverts gain their energy socially and introverts get energy by being alone. So, such projects should be given which let both of them thrive.
- Flexible environments. It’s important for educators to know how to use their classroom space. In classrooms, students should be provided space to work alone, interact with other students and collaborate. Learning spaces should be flexible, leading to group discussions, one-to-one learning, and autonomous thinking.
The future of the kids is in our hands; we need to make their personalities wholesome. During the learning age, if we only focus on traditional and forced learning leading to decreased interest of students then we should know that we’ve failed as a parent, teacher, and nation! Children deserve to have happy and innovative learning; they deserve to have space and we should respect that. Add some cool learning tactics and minus some boring ones, it will do wonders with the kid’s personality leading him to be more confident, risk-taker, innovative, and passionate!