I have never looked at the word creativity in a complex way than when I first started reading the materials presented in Module 3C. Creativity in teaching, as I have learned, involves different factors which are composed of intellectual skills, knowledge, thinking styles, personality, motivation, environment and confluence. Intellectual skills are further divided into three aspects which are, 1) the ability to see problems in new ways and escaping the limits of conventional thinking (synthetic skills), 2) the ability to recognize which ideas are worth pursuing (analytic skills), and 3) the ability to sell your ideas to others (practical- contextual skill). Apparently, one skill alone is not enough, as creativity requires that it should be recognized and accepted by others and that for ideas to flourish, one must not conform to the standard way of thinking, and instead put in time to think for new and innovative ways to process a problem or a situation.
I also learned that in order to be creative, one must have enough know how about the subject or field that he is to teach, because the lack of one’s knowledge may set limitations to his own potential in expressing his creative works. The same is true with one’s thinking styles. There are various decisions about how to use the skills that are available to an individual and these decisions can be developed in order to generate new ideas and sell these ideas to others. A few of these decisions that can develop creativity are as follows: taking sensible risks, redefining problems, identifying and overcoming obstacles, allowing for mistakes to take place, encouraging collaboration and a lot more. Consequently, these characteristics define the personality of a creative thinker too. He is an individual who takes risks and stands up for what he believes in regardless of what other people think. A person who overcomes his hurdles and makes every mistake a learning experience. Someone who loves to think and create ideas with other people and finds true value in what others can give and will always have interesting ways of looking at problems and coming up with even more brilliant solutions.
A creative thinker also finds motivation in the work that he does and does not wait for external rewards such as praises and accolades just to keep him going. He finds that his motivation comes from his desire to perform the best way that he can, and he also knows that this is possible with an environment that is supportive and welcomes unorthodox ideas and views.
Lastly, a creative thinker is one who can withstand people’s anxiety over things that they cannot initially understand. He does not lose hope when society does not see pass status quo, but instead he shepherds them into realizing the importance of proposed ideas until they are able to recognize their value.