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Creativity is a strength that describes the ability to turn original and imaginative ideas into reality. It involves two processes; thinking, then producing.


Why does creativity matter?

Our future will be faced by challenge and constant change. In this context we will need people who can think differently and provide innovative solutions to global problems. In a competitive world, creativity is what fuels innovative ideas, challenges ways of thinking, and opens doors to new opportunities. Creative people have the ability to devise new ways of doing things by solving problems and meeting challenges. Creativity is associated with lateral thinking and the ability to perceive patterns that are not obvious. 

What does creativity look like?

Students with creativity might:

  • think differently and consider alternative solutions to problems;
  • create original art, film, music or theatrical performances;
  • enjoy making an idea turn into reality.

Teachers with creativity might:

  • plan novel and original lessons and make learning happen in a fun way. This could be by using visual thinking, using stories or role plays;
  • share unique ideas that enable students to challenge assumptions;
  • choose novel topics and case studies that make learning enjoyable and emotionally engaging;
  • encourage students to create something in response to their learning

If you have ideas but don’t act on them, you are imaginative but not creative.