Why Does Creativity Matter?


Being creative and cultivating creativity is crucial for our evolution. When we stifle creativity in favor of what is practical and pragmatic, passions are overlooked, our purpose is lost, and we suffer — our potentiality is still dormant and unfulfilled.

People define creativity in different ways, exactly like their thoughts.

Michael Grybko, a neuroscience research scientist, and the engineer says, “In science, we define ‘creativity’ as an idea that is novel, good, and useful”.

“Copying smarter”-  Lisa Barone

“Giving the world something it didn’t know it was missing.” – Daniel Pink

Creativity is no longer seen as just being for artists and musicians (not that that view was ever accurate). It’s a crucial skill for everybody to master, especially the kids.

5 ways to bring creativity into the classroom:

1. Do not limit the assignments to one format, you can provide them the subject to cover, but give them some freedom in how they complete it. Some students will get more out of creating a video or drawing a comic strip than writing a paper.

2. Set creativity sessions for kids. You can provide them with some tools to enable their creativity – crayons, clay, notebooks, iPads, or even just access to the library or the internet (within reason). They can choose to create, or they can choose to do some digging into a subject of interest to them.

3. Introduce unconventional ideas into class so there is the excitement of doing something new. Have you ever seen a kid getting excited about a textbook assignment? What if assigned TED Talks instead? Or educational (and entertaining) podcasts like Radiolab and StarTalk? Or comics like The Oatmeal or xkcd, both of which sometimes touch on educational topics?

4. Encourage the students to discuss their ideas. It gets students thinking more critically about the material, becoming an expert in communicating their ideas and opinions. It also challenges them to listen to other students’ opinions and think critically about their contributions and ideas and moreover, it gives them the opportunity to challenge each other intelligently and build off of each other’s ideas.

Penkraft is one of the leading organisations in Thane and Mumbai which specializes in tutoring the trainers who further train the students. It is ideal for anyone who is looking to learn calligraphy as Penkraft provides various art & craft courses classes and handwriting improvement courses. Penkraft also provides training for homemakers who are looking for opportunities to work from home with its teacher training centre initiative.