European Youth Network for Creativity and Innovation
Most teachers accept that learning is most effective when it is enjoyable, but they are given little direct advice about how to achieve the creative and motivating classrooms that educationalists appeal for.
Creativity in learning is often highlighted as a skill essential for success in the 21st century. Daniel Pink notes that creative thinking is increasingly necessary to accomplish goals in our complex, interconnected world, and education researchers and psychologists tout the social, emotional, cognitive, and professional benefits of possessing creative abilities.
Despite this increased attention to creativity, we still have little understanding of how to nurture and support creativity in current classroom contexts, particularly creative teaching. The climate of high-stakes testing and scripted curricula makes it difficult for education stakeholders to infuse creativity into teaching practices. Teachers and administrators face the question of how to successfully integrate creativity into teaching practice when teachers have many pressures and little leeway.
As a part of our work at the EYNCRIN, we've been developing educators` tools to integrate creativity into classrooms and explore the role of teachers in enhancing students' creative skills.
Our work goes beyond teaching generic techniques and seeks to genuinely embed creative approaches within disciplinary contexts.
We hope to resolve a fundamental dilemma about creativity—that even as it's grounded in deep knowledge of the particulars of a field, it requires stepping outside these particulars. In other words, creative people have the ability to maintain a sophisticated knowledge of their field of expertise yet look outside the frames of that field to come up with new ideas.
When teachers and trainers can stimulate their learners, they have a better chance at keeping them interested in learning more.
But being creative offers more benefits than just holding a learner's attention.
If you are able to present material in many different ways, your students have a better chance of understanding it. Being a creative teacher/trainer encourages learners to be creative learners too.