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Collaborative Creativity: Creativity in the Classroom

Thomas McGregor

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Published: August 17, 2014 at 4:58 PM [UTC]

In all cases where a person is given the opportunity to create outside the constructs of normalcy, a human being flourishes. In every case where a human is given tools to enhance their creative influence, everyone wins. The win-win situation that we all look for in our relationships is found in this creative thinking via our ability to view the situation from the point of view of the others involved. This allows us to be open to their ideas and creative offerings. If all parties participate in this manner of behaviour, all parties will have their ideas heard.

This is the direct benefit of creative thinking and creative interaction; the opportunity for everyone to have their ideas heard without bias. In this way we can see the bigger picture and how each creative ideas plays a role in the overall mission of the group. Once the vision is determined, the group can move forward in making unique decisions that will make the outcome better and full of more substance. After the group has agreed that every idea will be heard and appreciated, the creative landscape expands to allow for nuances that fortify the fabric of the end result.

When a group first establishes, the importance should be on this creative openness. The teacher should make a point of setting the allowance president, to inform every student that their ideas will be heard. The energy dynamics in the group will become lighter and more friendly. Even though children sometimes need to be taught to be open to the ideas of others, they will understand the benefits as it applies to them. Collaborative creativity comes only at the price of a different way of thinking. But isn't that what creativity is all about?

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