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Role of a teacher in Nurturing Creativity | b.ed notes


Role of a teacher in Nurturing Creativity

Some psychologists, like Gallagher (1969), Jackson and Messick (Jackson & Messick, 1967) have studied teachers and shown by what methods they can generate creativity in students.

Some such methods on which teachers have given more emphasis and due to which the role of the teacher increases, some of the major methods are as follows:

1. The teacher should make every effort to prepare a solid curriculum and complete it within a given time limit. It is often seen that teachers prepare the syllabus in some way, but do not put much emphasis on completing it within the time limit. This increases carelessness among students and weakens the development of creativity.


2. Those core areas in which teachers have more difficulty should be taught first; Because there is more originality in the subject of this field. Teachers should be fully aware of the fact that their ignorance or lack of knowledge is the biggest inhibitor to the growth of originality of the students.

3. Teachers should encourage students to read a variety of textbooks on the same subject. Teachers should teach only facts in the class and not just philosophical ideas.

4. Teachers should lay more emphasis on individual assignment of students under the supervision off competent authority. This increases originality in students.

5. The teacher should first make efforts to develop a positive attitude towards all the tasks in the children, that is, the teacher should tell them that all the tasks are equal and no task in itself is small or big, less or more.


6. Teachers should present problematic questions and situations to the students and invite their responses. Proper evaluation of the fundamental facilities provided by the students should be done.

7. Teachers should create such an environment in the classroom and school which encourages students' activity as well as their productive thinking, diversity, originality and flexibility.

8. Teachers should develop in their students a tendency to balance the latest information related to creative works. Students should also be provided with adequate facilities to compile such information.

9. Teachers should praise children for their new ideas, new activities and new things so that the children can be encouraged to do better work.


10. Teachers should take creative students on important educational trips. These important educational trips should be related to scientific, industrial and research.

It is clear from the above facts that the importance of the teacher is considerable in creativity. With their efforts, creativity in children can increase substantially.