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ERIC Number: EJ1048083
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
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ISSN: ISSN-0145-9635
Embracing Our Creativity: A Key Ingredient of Great Teaching
Meikle, Scott
Independent School, v73 n2 Win 2014
What motivates human creativity? Sometimes creativity emerges because people need to solve a problem or communicate an idea. The desire for novel amusement or complex entertainment also inspires creative thought. Environmental factors are also influential in motivating a student's creativity. An instructor's personal enthusiasm for the material taught can strengthen or dampen the creative impulse. A teacher who wholeheartedly embraces the curriculum inspires creative learning. When teachers nurture their own creativity, they find many opportunities to model the creative process for their students. Educating a child is almost always an imprecise process. When things don't go as planned, author Scott Meikle likes to laugh and share this fact with his students. He points out in this article that it is by modeling constructive responses to making a mistake that teachers can show children that error is a natural part of the creative process, and that sometimes failure inspires us to new and more effective solutions. If you embrace flexibility, tolerance of ambiguity, unpredictability, and the enjoyment of discovering things unknown, you are embracing creativity.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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