Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world. (Albert Einstein (1879-1955).
Creativity is heart of effective teaching and is vital to teaching in every subject area. Creativity has such a central role in teaching because:
- Its vital to develop learning experiences that give students a variety of different teaching and learning approaches – students thrive on this variety and research shows that novelty maintains motivation and can aid learning.
- Learners need rich opportunities to develop their own creative skills, and leaners must use innovative approaches to enable this process.
- Teachers need to be able to incorporate findings from their own work, and that of others, to develop fresh approaches to education that inspire learners.
- Education is constantly changing and there is frequently an imperative to adopt to new government initiatives and other changes imposed on teaching from outside.
- Teachers need to be able to model creativity, so their students can be enabled to develop their own creative skills.
- Teachers need to be able to move forward from simply being flexible in what they do, to being genuinely creative.
- To develop as a teacher and move forward with professional development, its necessary to take creative steps that are beyond your immediate comfort zone.