The creative learning methods

What Is Creative Learning? Creative learning is not memorizing information. It is building knowledge and developing skills using creative techniques. Here is a list of creative learning techniques:

“Assumption busting is particularly effective when one is stuck in current thinking paradigms or has run out of ideas. Everyone makes assumptions about how the world around us, which in creative situations, can prevent seeing or generating possibilities. Deliberately seeking out and addressing previously unquestioned assumptions stimulates creative thinking.”

“Hypothetical questions are a great way to get an interesting conversation started. They create an open environment where people can share their inner thoughts and feelings. “What if…?” questions force you to think and use your imagination.

“Improvisation (with exercises or games) stimulates fast thinking and engagement with ideas. On a deeper level, improv chips away at mental barriers that block creative thinking — that internal editor who crosses out every word before it appears on a page — and rewards spontaneous, intuitive responses,” Criess says.

Analogies. “Academic analogies are useful for teaching and learning because they require students to analyze a thing (or things), and then transfer that analysis to another thing. This kind of transfer requires at least some kind of conceptual grasp–understanding.”

Brainstorming sessions. “Brainstorming is a group creativity process to gather

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new ideas and explore alternative approaches to reach a solution. A brainstorming session is the meeting where the brainstorming will take place. Some of the world’s most revolutionary ideas have come to life during the course of a brainstorming session.”

Debates. “The debate, which means scratching and digging, is a kind of dialogue to find an answer or solution. In other words, two or more people are talking about a topic, exchanging ideas to deliver opinions. The debate is meant to explore, and exploring the truths through interactions have a significant impact on the mental aspect of the human mind.”

Storytelling. “Storytelling describes the social and cultural activity of sharing stories, sometimes with improvisation, theatrics or embellishment. Every culture has its own stories or narratives, which are shared as a means of entertainment, education, cultural preservation or instilling moral values.”

Non-formal methods. “One of the key features of non-formal and informal education is that it is driven by people’s intrinsic desire to learn. With these types of education, learners set their own goals and are free to choose the methods or experiences that suit them best.” Teachers can use non-formal methods to boost students’ creativity.’sLAB.2.pdf

The escape game. “The escape game provides a holistic approach to developing learning practice and demonstrates a transition from a technology-driven focus to a highly empathetic and experience and person-centered approach, which has also

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emphasized the potential of arts and creativity in enhancing the teaching and learning. It can be adopted and adapted in various learning contexts. The approach taps into our natural tendencies to learn by playing.”

Prepared by Zita Grinberga and Vita Medniece

Gulbene Secondary school, Latvia

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