Young children have great capacity for creativity that thrives when it is nurtured. Early childhood teachers have the opportunity to inspire children’s innovative thinking. Teachers should continue good practices with the goal of continually advancing children’s learning and development. Experiences during the earliest years of life can have powerful long-term consequences, human beings are amazingly resilient and incredibly capable of learning throughout life.
Ensure that every child has the benefit of positive early childhood experiences that support literacy development. Many parents may think that the latest electronic gadgets help their children to acquire basic reading skills before they start school. However, what kids really need is the time and attention of their parents talking, reading and playing with them. Nurturing is vital to children’s development, a secret ingredient that enables children to grow physically, mentally, socially, emotionally, culturally, and spiritually.
There are certain practices which can help to nurture the students:
- NEW SKILLS TO BE ENCOURAGED: Teachers should encourage the students to learn new skills and subjects. Students should be made aware of the various talents and skills which they can possess by way of hard work and practice.
- QUESTION-FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT TO BE CREATED: Teachers should try and motivate and develop in students the habit to ask questions and create a question friendly environment. Encouraging this type of behavior might require more teaching time, but it will nurture a childlike sense of wonder as your students learn and grow.
- TRY GENERATING MORE IDEAS: Creativity is a muscle that grows stronger and more efficient the more we exercise generating ideas. The more ideas we come up with, the greater our chances of producing a work of success.
- ENCOURAGE COOPERATIVE LEARNING TECHNIQUES: Cooperative learning technique reduces racial conflict among school children, promotes better learning, improves student motivation, and increases enjoyment of the learning experience. This teaching strategy of organizing student group work helps students collaborate and rely on one another. This teaching strategy is effective for accomplishing multiple tasks at once and for giving students a greater sense of individual responsibility.
- SUPPORT SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT: As Young Scholars develop confidence in themselves, they also develop a desire to rise to new challenges and raise the bar for their achievement. Teachers, specialists, counselors, and other professionals work together to support and nurture the social and emotional growth of these young learners. Not only must teachers believe that such students can achieve at high levels, but the students must also believe they can do the work.
- IDENTIFY YOUNG SCHOLARS EARLY: Committees of teachers, specialists and administrators should be diligent throughout the school year to consider and identify Young Scholars beginning in kindergarten.
- PLAN REAL-WORLD LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES: Young Scholars gain a greater understanding of and begin to appreciate their place in the world when they become active community participants. By identifying and investigating real-world problems as experts in the field, students apply higher level thinking skills and learned knowledge in a way that may impact their community and their environment.
In a person’s most formative years, teachers have a strong influence in encouraging or suppressing creativity. This responsibility doesn’t solely fall on the education system, but it’s worth remembering that almost 100% of students show strong creative abilities before becoming students.