In a society where science often takes precedence over art, it is very easy for educationists to overlook the importance that creative students are able to contribute to society. This is true even as efforts are being made to encourage more creativity in the workplace.
Personally, I feel that creative individuals should be identified and have their full potential released and developed when they are young. As educationists, it is our responsibilities to pursue this endeavour with all our heart. However, it is not often the “why” but the “how” that is the issue.
Creative students can be identified by observing the following:
- Doing things differently from their peers consistently: This can be in the form of presentation or the examples that they raised during lessons. Whatever the contribution that creative students made, there is always that tinge of creativity.
- Introversion and Creativity: Being introverted does not discount a student from being creative. So, we need to pay attention to quiet students who often provide that spark of creativity to his or her team’s presentation or project. As educationists, we should bring out the student’s strength and enable them to reach their full potential.
- Leisure activities: Always take time out to observe the activities that each individual student likes to engage in during their free time. Drawing, dancing, singing and any other similar artistic forms of expression should be a good indication that this particular student may be artistically-inclined.
There are indeed many ways to identify creative students and the abovementioned points are simply the primary consideration for me as an educationist. I hope that you will find them useful.
After all, life is not only made up of scientists and engineers. We need professionals who are able to blend art with science as well, such as architects, editors and writers (of which this writer is one).