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Developing Creativity in Children

Steve Jobs said- “Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.”

Incipient conceptions bring transmutes which have a chance of being innovative. We can identify these conceptions as ingenious.

Today’s education system demands originality in thoughts and actions. It allows the present generation to exhibit their opinion in sundry ways. This makes it very conspicuous that our youngsters need to work on the quality called “CREATIVITY”. Creativity sounds like an abstract thought process and one that is very natural to conclude is inherited and cannot be inculcated. However, the good news is that Ingenuity can be fostered and nurtured. There is a desideratum of fostering ingeniousness among our children.

What is creativity?

Creativity is a thought, an idea or an action that is performed differently and has a positive impact. This incipient Articles conception or action might not be intentional or set in advance, and it just blooms within a person.

In the present scenario, we often see job advertisements looking for people who think out of the box and know how to handle situations in a smart way. So when and where do our young generation learn these 21st-century skills?

Our education system to some extent is giving opportunities in this field. Presentations, Public Speaking, and projects are added to the curriculum. Students have the liberty to express themselves in more than one way. However, not every student displays similarity in thinking. Some shower random thoughts while others need a lot of time to organize and present their ideas.

There are also some children for whom anything that needs originality and imagination becomes very difficult. These students are satisfied with the knowledge they are provided with and they prefer to move ahead with that limited input. For these students, the good news is that Creativity can be nurtured.
Some of the ways to foster Creativity are-
Don’t guess; let the creator tell you…

The objective of the articles may vary but gets the quality approaches. Each child has his way of bringing up the conception. It is wise to listen to the child’s idea rather than interpreting, by doing guesswork.

Emphasize on the process not the result

Approaches to the same assignment can be different. As far as the process is veridical, there is a chance that the result will be fair. Children take the risk of creating something new; we must appreciate the effort and the learning involved in the process. If not a great result; the child will get involved in a lot of learning during the process.

Comparison

Comparison is a very old theory that every child is unique and should not be compared to another child.

Comparing two students does not help much. On the other side encouraging and giving ideas and tips wherever required fosters creativity. However; as adults, we can help children develop creativity by giving some clues or prompting them with some ways to reach the result.

All the above theories of articles look very simple and many of us might ken them. What makes it arduous is to practice them. We as adults are acclimated to visually perceive things in a structured way. We find it difficult to accept new ways of doing things. The day we start looking at things with a different perspective and encourage out of the box thinking; creativity will flourish.

As Roosevelt said,
Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.

We as adults should take the responsibility to engender great minds and take the society at least one ingenious step ahead!

Mrs. Vandana Dadi
Career Counsellor