RAISING CREATIVE THINKERS
Raising Creative Thinkers (ISRAEL)
About this paper:
Appears in: ICERI2014 Proceedings
Publication year: 2014
Conference name: 7th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 17-19 November, 2014
Location: Seville, Spain
Abstract:We need to make sure human thinking advances further on together with humanity and creativity to correlate with the technological developments.
In the future of today's pupils, artificial intelligence will merge with human intelligence. Will the advanced human being of tomorrow be humane?
Children are born with a creative spark. Most of them are going to lose it while growing up.
We need to complement today's teaching with developing the pupils' creative thinking, inspiring their imagination and nurturing their curiosity, since creativity is the basis of all professions.
We need to use technology to inspire the children with knowledge and to learn by experiencing. But we also need to see our role as guides and mentors. In class we inspire the pupils with knowledge new to them, engage them in conversations that reveal to them knowledge from interdisciplinary worlds, experiment and ask question with them, and inspire them to express their impressions in writing and drawing.
How can we make sure the advanced human being of the future remains humane? By making sure the children of today don't lose their creative thinking, curiosity and imagination – their human spark.
The role of the teacher and the teaching method presented in this abstract are based on my teaching at the Dr. Erica Landau Institute for Gifted Children in Tel Aviv, Israel, on her book "The Courage to be Gifted" and on conversations with Dr. Moshe Rishpon, who established the Science Oriented Youth department in the Weizmann Institue of Science, Rehovot, Israel. The Science Oriented Youth department is a pioneer in the field of science education and a leader of that field worldwide. I am also inspired by my two daughters, who teach me lessons on creative thinking every day.
These institutes' teaching methods have brought children to become leaders in their fields of expertise.
I believe children today suffer from stifled and ignored creativity, and that such methods should be adapted to the education of all children.
Keywords: Creativity, creative, thinking, teacher, role, teaching, learning, class, pupil, development.