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4 ingenious ways to encourage children's creativity in the classroom


One of the philosophers that I have liked to read the most is Nietzsche. Not only because it criticizes the entire system built by modernity, but because it pushes us to break those limits imposed by our lifestyle. Personally I have loved that call of the author who insists that we have to open the field of creativity and the childlike spirit, because that figure of the child, who spends his time constantly playing without stopping his creative process, pushes us precisely to live a life beyond monotony. Inspired by that thought, this time I bring you some tips and ways that They will help teachers foster creativity within the classroom.

Allow me to open one of my best kept memories because, in some way, it is related to the topic that concerns us today. I remember when I was little and I was celebrating the new year with my family. I was glued to the television watching a movie. I felt the laughter of my mother and the jokes of my father and I observed how pathetic the image they were representing. Glued to the screen waiting for time to pass, we entered the new year and nothing would consume me.

Well, I remember that at one point I saw a scene from that movie that motivated you to break your own limits, to challenge yourself and not give up. The end credits are coming and I felt such energy that I jumped out of bed and started dancing I don't know what. It was fun but I felt very alive in defying the logic I was experiencing at that moment.

I relate these two thoughts to the challenge that education poses today. How to generate living learning? ¿How to break that same monotony that our educational system has created? How can we stimulate the creativity and imagination of children in class? One option is to follow the alternative paths chosen by the Montessori and Waldorf schools, who freely decide to disembark from the traditional line and create their own path. What they propose is fascinating and I even find them brave and forerunners of this creative path. But unfortunately not everyone thinks that way. As they leave and break our scheme, they remain as isolated points that, because they are so far out, are not considered part of one.

And, what ways are there to promote creativity in the classroom? Next, I show you very briefly some of them.

1. Inverted Classroom
The idea is to turn the classroom around. It is about leaving aside the frontal explanation, the delivery of the material or the performance of an activity that must be solved by the students with the material in hand. It is intended that children learn the knowledge that they will later contribute to the rest of the class. It gains time and focuses on skills other than mere comprehension, memorization, and posture of understanding.

2. Cooperative Learning
It is based on the fact that the team is the protagonist of learning. You deliver the material to a group of four students (more or less) and they are responsible for each member to learn. For cooperative learning to be effective, it is important to distribute roles and focus on goals that the team wants to achieve.

3. Gamification
Use video games as a base. Offer these virtual spaces to create different challenges within the content. It is about taking advantage of games that children like and that can teach them lessons like math, strategy, vocabulary, etc. For example, the video game Fortnite, which is being talked about so much at the moment, can provide children with valuable mathematical knowledge.

4. Problem-based learning
Let's put aside the simple exposition and resolution of question guides. This type of path confronts students with a real problem, which is a challenge that they need to solve. That is the motivation for this methodology. We do not give them the bread of food, but we ask them to find that food and give it to us. In this way, at the same time they will be teaching their classmates what they have already learned.

As you can see, there is something being generated in the classroom, there is an energy that is wanting to break the mold, there is a fire that seeks to teach within our model but raised from another point of view. The main question is if we really want to make that turn, if we are really prepared to take the leap and play to really want to change the world from the inside. As Fromm said, true living is when we can put those old certainties aside and venture into the truly unknown.

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