Creativity is currently one of the most demanded soft skills on the job market. Every day more professionals are sought to provide creative and efficient solutions to companies. However, despite the fact that this is an inherent quality of the human being, we must strive to develop it and, therefore, it seems clear that it must begin to gain more relevance within today’s educational models.
For this reason, Arturo Juárez, expert in creative education and instructor of Udemy, the world’s largest online training platform, reveals 4 strategies to bring out the most creative side of students on the occasion of International Education Day.
- Not setting strict rules. Rules restrict, so it is better to employ strategies that promote creativity and develop intelligence instead. To let them flow, you cannot start from guidelines and, sometimes, teachers stick to techniques that they apply with extreme rigor.
- Promote multiple reasoning. We must not limit ourselves to a few reasonings, we must know and promote the different types: inductive, deductive, abductive, disruptive, critical, etc. The more viewing angles we forge on the student, the more creative and decisive they will be.
- Bet on teaching by objectives. The objective assessment exams are part of the learning itself and, in this case, an exam will be more useful and beneficial, to the extent that it places the student in a position of self-analysis. With this, we will broaden your analytical criteria.
- Employ initiatives that encourage random thoughts. To do this, a good technique is to offer the student three words or short phrases at random. Three tables are designed according to the topic in question, with 25 variants each; By randomly distributing them, you get more than 15,000 combinations. From them, you must form coherent integral thoughts, find interrelationships by logical or mathematical inferences and produce ideas never imagined regardless of the degree of madness.
“Practical and thinking skills must be developed, we are not born with them. For this reason, those of us who are part of the education sector must bet on promoting these great aspects of education, which are more than a possibility, they are a necessity ”, affirms Juárez. “The results will come immediately. And the thing is, every idea, no matter how simple it may seem, can be the beginning of a genius ”.
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