Beat the machines and develop creative thinking in the classroom

4 Nov 2019 03:18 PM

It seems that the rate at which automated machines are taking over jobs that have previously been completed by humans is increasing dramatically and we could be on track to become defunct, but is that really the case?

Data from the Creative Industries Council has shown that approximately 1 in 8 UK businesses are in creative industries and creative jobs outgrow the UK economy average which tells us that machines aren’t taking over everything. One advantage that humans will always have over machines is our imagination!

Creativity is a valuable, sought after thinking skill and can be the most difficult to acquire; creativity is not simply a character trait that’s only possessed by the minority. It’s also not directly linked to intelligence. A high IQ isn’t a prerequisite of creativity and creative thinking. There have been many studies and documented discussions about the teaching of creativity and whether or not ’'s a skill that can be taught. Some say that it’s not possible to change someone’s ‘basic level of creativity’, whether this is true or not is yet to be proven, but there are definitely strategies that can be employed to promote creative thinking amongst young people.

Five strategies for developing creative thinking in the classroom;

Explore creativity with V Certs from NCFE. Our creative subjects include Art and DesignInteractive Media and Graphic Design, however, all of our V Certs allow learners to explore practical ways to demonstrate their learning through project accounting for up to 60% of their overall grade.

Recommended viewing – Do schools kill creativity? TED Talk by Sir Ken Robinson.