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The Value of Creativity in the Modern Classroom

Of all the elements that make up our current education system, creativity might just be the most important. While creativity is often seen as a magical talent that a few lucky people possess, the truth is we all have creativity hidden within us.

Modern learning environments give students the opportunity to discover, understand and fine tune their own individual creativity. Here is our guide to understanding – and harnessing – this powerful tool in classrooms across New Zealand.

What is Creativity?

Creativity is the use of original ideas to do something novel. It is not a sudden spark that strikes light lightening, but rather is a process of using imaginative insights to solve a problem or create something new.

Students Need the Opportunity to be Creative

The biggest challenges in the world today are completely unprecedented: there’s global warming and climate change, global economies and ever-changing technologies. There’s inequality and conflict. These hefty topics need innovative solutions – and innovation comes from people given space to be creative.

Classroom Seating that Allows Choice, Freedom and Flexibility

Modern learning environments are designed to encourage creativity. Through flexible and innovative school furniture in both classrooms and libraries, students have the chance to experiment with different learning styles, exert their own independence and adapt to a changeable environment.

How to Teach Creativity at School

Contrary to popular belief, creativity can be taught. There are endless ways teachers can incorporate it in the classroom – they just need to get a little creative! Here’s a few examples:

Artistic Expression

The classic understanding of creativity is its artistic application, where students are able to visually interpret and understand a concept. Offer your students plenty of artistic mediums and encourage experimentation with various active and soft seating to help them discover their artistic spark.

Group Work

Whether seated at classroom group tables, ottomons or on floor cushions, group work is an excellent way to share diverse thoughts and opinions. Collaboration promotes open mindedness, enhanced communication skills and self-confidence – three necessary ingredients for creativity.

Quiet Time and Personal Reflection

Quiet contemplation in the form of journaling, drawing, mindfulness or simple reflection is a great way to process one’s thoughts and use them to come up with unique solutions. Introspection can happen anywhere – writing at a desk or lounging on a couch – as long as the student feels comfortable being alone with their thoughts.

The Ongoing Benefits of Creativity

By incorporating creativity in the classroom, this generation will develop strong communication skills and self-confidence, the ability to focus and problem solve. Today’s businesses and organisations are not solely after a graduate with a degree, they want young people who can think outside the box and offer fresh ideas. An education system that promotes creativity will give our children the best opportunities in the future.

To learn more about inserting creativity into your classroom or library, speak to Scholar Furniture, New Zealand’s leaders on creating modern learning environments.
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