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ERIC Number: EJ1002559
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-1946-0406
How Creative Is Your Early Childhood Classroom?
Ewing, Vanessa; Tuthill, Laura
Exchange: The Early Childhood Leaders' Magazine Since 1978, n207 p86-90 Sep-Oct 2012
One of the roles of educators is to prepare their students for future success; this means preparing them to be creative thinkers capable of solving problems that do not yet exist. In order to teach children to be more creative, teachers need to be aware of barriers to creativity and minimize these in their classrooms. Some roadblocks to encouraging creativity include excessive use of rewards, highly structured materials and instructions, as well as "correct answer fixation." In order to develop children's creative thinking abilities, teachers need to examine their own attitudes, curriculum, instructional strategies, and the educational environment itself. A child is more likely to try new ideas when he or she is in a safe environment that encourages risk taking. Teachers need to be accepting of children's ideas, no matter how "off the wall" they may be. It is also important for teachers to show genuine excitement and enthusiasm for children's discoveries to reinforce children's exploratory attempts. (Contains 3 resources and 2 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Colorado