Creative Thinking in Schools / Education

Creativity is the act of turning new and imaginative ideas into reality. It is characterised by the ability to perceive the world in new ways, to find hidden patterns, to make connections between seemingly unrelated phenomena, and to generate solutions.

“Creativity is the process of bringing something new into being. It requires passion and commitment.”

It involves majorly two processes: thinking, then producing. If you have ideas but don’t act on them you are imaginative but not creative. Being the educators we are often asked, does creativity come from within or is it a skill which can be developed

Creative or innovative thinking is the kind of thinking that leads to new insights, novel approaches, fresh perspectives, whole new ways of understanding and conceiving things. The products of creative thinking in schools include some obvious fields like music, poetry, dance, dramatic, literature, inventions and technical innovations. But there are some not so obvious example such as, the ways of putting a question that expand the horizons of possible solutions, or ways of conceiving relationships that allows people to see the world in an imaginative and different way.

Through creative thinking or innovation, education encourages the students to explore and understand the world of culture and gives the perfect opportunity to bring a change. Learning process becomes stress-free and gives the students the environment to work fearlessly on their original ideas.

Here at Cambridge Court World School we recognise, appreciate and encourage different styles of creativity. ‘Gerard Puccio’ describes the advantages and disadvantages of two styles of creative people: adaptors who focus on improving an existing situation and innovators who develop and advocate new solutions in terms of digital learning in schools.

We respect and value the adaptive and innovative styles of creativity. We believe that students can learn more effectively together by capitalising on each other’s strengths, rather than criticising each other because of individual differences. If an atmosphere of openness and trust prevails then the adaptors and innovators will be able to join their creative talents to bring success.

A hands-on-minds approach can help students to actively take ownership of their learning process. Learning happens most effectively when learners are motivated, and give each other opportunities to understand it at a deeper level.

This framework can support teachers to create impactful learning opportunities for their students that enable them to explore their own competencies. Hereby, inhibitions can be reduced and creativity can be promoted and students can be enabled to develop the perseverance, creativity and ability to adapt to changes that are so highly valued in life- of today, and of tomorrow.

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