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How to Inspire Creativity in the Classroom

Lower School student smiling while drawing in class

Creativity is one of life’s most important skills, and the earlier kids learn to be creative, the more success they will endure throughout their education and beyond. That said, it’s essential that teachers too recognize the power of creativity in school and find ways to inspire creative exploration in the classroom. 

At St. Timothy’s School, we recognize how important it is for students to be creative in school. That’s why our team of experienced educators works to incorporate creativity in every classroom. Whether it’s pre-kindergarteners learning their ABCs or middle schoolers learning a new language, St. Timothy’s always finds a way to inspire creativity among students.

Read below to learn how we inspire creativity in the classroom at St. Timothy’s School. 

Encourage Learning Through Play

Learning through play is a research-based way to encourage creativity in the classroom. This popular educational concept strays from traditional teacher-student instructional methods, incorporating more unstructured, self-guided learning. When students learn through play, they explore, experiment, and gain a deeper understanding of the world around them. In doing so, they can make more sense of their environment through a creative lens. 

Have Students Work in Groups

Collaboration and creativity go hand in hand. When students problem-solve with their peers, they bounce ideas off each other and gain an understanding of others’ perspectives. Team-building exercises like scavenger hunts or puzzles help students create more creative solutions and discover their individual strengths. As a result, students become more creative and confident learners, build closer relationships with classmates, and develop stronger social-emotional skills

Create a Classroom Library

Books expose students to a world of creativity and possibility. Whether it be a thrilling middle school chapter book or a beginner-level first-grade read, books are valuable tools for widening students’ perspectives and igniting their creative spark. That said, giving students access to books is important, which is why having a classroom library is helpful. Teachers can fill a shelf with their students’ favorite books, especially those that complement their creative learning activities. 

Incorporate Creativity in Every Subject Area

Creativity goes beyond just visual and performing arts. It can be woven into every subject area! Even the most structured academic subjects like math and science offer opportunities to be creative. For example, teachers can incorporate creativity through storytelling in mathematical word problems or conducting outside science experiments for hands-on learning. There are no limits when it comes to creativity! 

Private Education at St. Timothy’s School

St. Timothy’s School is a private school in Raleigh, NC that emphasizes the importance of inspiring creativity in the classroom. Our team incorporates mindful creative learning activities in students’ daily schedules to ensure continuous creative expression and evolution. Visit our website today to learn more about St. Timothy’s School.