Creative Learning Plans for Children

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Creative Learning Plans for Children
Creative learning plans help students become innovative problem solvers. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Creative learning can be difficult to define. There's no consensus among educators as to the precise nature of creative learning, but educators do agree that creative learning is a process whereby learners use creativity as a means of acquiring knowledge. According to the National Advisory Committee on Creative and Cultural Education, creativity is an "imaginative activity fashioned so as to produce outcomes that are both original and of value." Creative learning involves imagination and originality.

Significance of Creative Learning Plans

Creative learning plans help children gain information and skills that may be difficult via more traditional routes. It's not easy to teach skills like problem solving and flexibility through textbooks. Creative learning plans give children practice at trying new things and responding to new stimuli. Learning new things stimulates mental health. Even something as simple as tasting something new or going on a walk can help create new neural pathways in the brain.

Types of Creative Learning Plans

Not all creative learning plans are alike. For example, social creative learning plans emphasise verbal skills and group interactions. These plans rely heavily on group work. They include activities like group discussion, performances and games. Individual creative learning plans focus on personal expression. These plans make use of artistic expression such as drawing or writing. Creative learning plans relate to core curricula differently depending on who executes the plan. Sometimes teachers use creative learning plans to supplement standard curricula. Home-based plans carried out by parents may have little relationship to school curricula. Art schools, music schools and some liberal arts schools base their entire curriculum on creative learning plans.

Creative Lesson Plan Difficulties

Transitioning from a standard curriculum to a creative lesson plan presents challenges. Students accustomed to one form of instruction may be uncomfortable with new teaching methods. This discomfort sometimes results in increased behavioural disruptions and more challenges to teacher authority. Introduce changes slowly over a period of time to help students integrate a creative learning mentality into their daily routine. Teachers working with time constraints have the added burden of figuring out when to execute creative learning plans. If the standard curriculum is all you have time for, consider assigning creative assignments at home rather than as classroom activities.

Creative Learning Plan Suggestions

Creative learning plans are often more flexible than standard learning plans. However, the most effective plans are focused and structured. Don't mistake disorganisation or confusion for creativity. If students are confused about what's expected of them, they may withdraw from the process rather than learn creatively. It's also important to assess students' progress in learning. Educators and parents implementing creative learning plans for academic purposes need to know what's working and what's not so that they can continually improve their creative learning plans.

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