By Alice Sterling Honig , Ph. Often, our primary goals are directed at keeping children healthy and safe, teaching cognitive skills such as shape and color recognition, encouraging prosocial behavior, and introducing basic literacy and numeration skills. With all the time that needs to be devoted to these areas, there is less opportunity to think about the importance of nurturing children's creative abilities. And yet, creative power increases a young child's desire to learn and supports intellectual development.
Critical and creative thinking
Creative Thinking Skills | College Success
Creativity is the ability to make or do something new that is also useful or valued by others Gardner, To be creative, the object, skill, or action cannot simply be bizarre or strange; it cannot be new without also being useful or valued, and not simply be the result of accident. If a person types letters at random that form a poem by chance, the result may be beautiful, but it would not be creative by the definition above. The experience is not restricted to a few geniuses, nor exclusive to specific fields or activities like art or the composing of music. Especially important for teachers are two facts. The first is that an important form of creativity is creative thinking , the generation of ideas that are new as well as useful, productive, and appropriate.
Developing Students’ Creative & Critical Thinking Skills
Creative thinking is a way of looking at problems or situations from a fresh perspective to conceive of something new or original. Creative thinking is a process utilized to generate lists of new, varied and unique ideas or possibilities. Creative thinking brings a fresh perspective and sometimes unconventional solution to solve a problem or address a challenge.
Wherever the Wabisabi Learning team goes in the world, we make a point to ask teachers what they feel are the most important skills for modern learners. Educators of all kinds have many shared goals. However, no matter where they hail from, one of the most common among them is effectively developing critical thinking skills. Thinking critically is the pinnacle of the accumulation of knowledge and experience. How can we start developing our learners' critical thinking skills rather than teaching to the test?