Make the Students Think Creatively
“I saw as a teacher how, if you take that spark of learning that those children have, and you ignite it,
you can take a child from any background to a lifetime of creativity and accomplishment.”
— Paul Wellstone
In 2010, IBM surveyed more than 1,500 Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) from 60 countries and 33
industries worldwide. The study revealed that the majority of the CEOs believed that – more than rigor,
management discipline, integrity or even vision – creativity was vital to the survival and growth of their organizations. CEOs are being confronted these days with massive shifts in the form of new regulations, changes in economic power centers, accelerated industry transformation, and rapidly evolving customer preferences. According to the study, these challenges can be overcome only by instilling “creativity” throughout an organization.
In another recent study on creativity, Adobe surveyed 1000 university-educated working professionals in
the US – (a) 85% said creative thinking is critical for problem solving in their career; (b) 82% wished that they had more exposure to creative thinking as students. But, are we preparing our student population to be creative in their later life. Evidently not, and if anything, we are doing exactly the reverse because research on creativity shows that there is a so-called “fourth grade slump” across all cultures. That is, children are creative when they start school, but by the time they reach fourth grade they become more conforming, less willing to take risks, and less spontaneous or playful than earlier.
Teachers stand to play a crucial role in countering this “fourth grade slump”. They should make sure that the spirit of curiosity, questioning and exploration is kept up in their students. To this end, they should avoid delivering their lectures as merely facts to be memorized but a body of knowledge that needs to be assimilated thoroughly so that nothing escapes the understanding of the child.
We at Butterfly Fields are doing our bit to lend you a hand in keeping your students curious and creative. Our learning kits are designed with the utmost care and consideration so that the underlying principles come across to the student. By exploring our learning kits the students will not only get subject matter knowledge, but they will also learn to question and think on their own. Their free-spirited enquiry and creative musings are helped by our models. So, hopefully you will use our learning kits toward these crucial ends. Feel free to write to us if you have any concerns or suggestions in this regard.
D. Samarender Reddy