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Role of Teachers in Fostering Creativity b.ed notes in English

Role of Teachers in Fostering Creativity

Teachers play important role in fostering creativity. It is necessary that parents and, teachers provide healthy conditions at home and in the school. This would enable children to express themselves and contribute something new for the society, which may be termed as creativity.

1. Freedom of Response :

Children generally respond to teachers in a usual and routine manner. Parents and teachers should encourage children to respond in their own way. They may be allowed to say what they would like to say. This would lead to creativity. If there is a problem in the class, let every child respond in his own way. The teacher should keep in view that every child has a contribution to make. Allow them to think in various directions and express their creativity.

2. Satisfy the Ego' of the Child:

All of us have a self ego. We want to be recognised by others. This ego is all the more stronger at the childhood stage. We as parents and teachers should try to provide opportunities to satisfy it.

3. Encourage Original Ideas :

If we find that a child achieved has original ideas about a particular aspect of life, we should encourage it. Constant submission to facts suppresses the originality of the child.

4. Remove Hesitation and Fear:

Children in India are kept under strict control. They fear their parents and hesitate in speaking their mind. This kills the initiative of the child. Originality is only possible when we give enough freedom to children to express the own views.

5. Provide Suitable Atmosphere:

The watchwords for the provision of this type of atmosphere are: sympathy, liberty, and the proper provision of co-curricular activities in the school.

6. Developing Special Habits :

Children require special habits to be creative. These habits are hard work, persistent effort, self reliance and self confidence. We should encourage children to develop these habits. We can then expect any things creative from them.

7. Let the Children Meet Creativity:

Every community in India has centres where creativity can be seen easily. We may organize excursions to centres of art, art galleries, museums, and places of artistic excellence. Thus, they will come in contact with creativity and get an inspiration to create something new.

8. Avoid the Stumbling Blocks to Creativity: 

Certain factors like a conservative outlook, an unsympathetic attitude towards children, fixed and rigid habits of work, unnecessary anxiety, overemphasis over school work, authoritarian attitude of the teacher, etc. are some of the stumbling blocks in the path of creativity. We should try to avoid these stumbling blocks as far as possible.

9. Reorganise the Curriculum:

Certain principles should be kept in view while reorganizing the curriculum. These are:

(a) The curriculum should be a child-centered.

(b) The curriculum should highlight ideal concepts than facts.

(c) It should highlight that children have the capacity to find out truth and discover things.

(d) It should reduce the importance of annual examination.

(e) It should allow the child to do something in the academic field freely without the fear of examination.

10. Reform the Evaluation System :

Much has been said about the reforms in the system of evaluation. We can say that the child's progress should be judged for what he does during the entire year and not on the basis of his achievement in the Annual examination.