Creativity Powers Imagination and Learning
- October 31, 2017
- Posted by: Yorktown Education Team
- Category: Discovery Learning
Creativity is to learning like ice cream is to cake – they complement each other well. Sadly, too often creativity is tied more to the arts than to academics. The fact is that artistic ability is only a component of creativity.
Innovation is a big part of creativity. Having the insight to see that something could be better or needs fixing inspires students to explore and discover something that exceeds the status quo.
Students advance more proficiently when they understand that things are not always black and white. Often the most ‘outside the box’ idea or activity is the one that hits the mark.
The ability to improvise is a very creative resource. In life as well as the classroom things don’t always go as planned. Recognizing that something is not working, it’s good (and creative) to be able to pivot, change direction and arrive at a better solution.
Being creative by no means guarantees having all the answers. A creatively smart individual knows how to draw on resources from classmates, coworkers and those adept in a particular subject – people who know more.
Crazy ideas, as they’re often called, sometimes turn out to be ingenious. When students are encouraged to be ‘risk takers’ it gives them permission to break the mold and look for new ideas, especially when the old ways are not working.
While learning is the central focus of education, students must be passionate about what they are doing. Passion is a motivator and an inspiration for students to become lifelong learners.
At Yorktown Education, our central focus is to guide students to “Do What You Love”. When a student’s passion for a subject or idea is encouraged, supported and engaged, they discover the joy and reward that comes with learning. Yorktown is committed to this goal for all of our students, helping to direct them on a creative, imaginative, rewarding journey of discovery.