Creativity is the interaction between the learning environment, both physical and social, the attitudes and attributes of both teachers and students, and a clear problem-solving process which produces an outcome. Creativity is highly dependent upon subject specific knowledge and skills, and being creative involves using an existing set of knowledge or skills in a particular subject or context to experiment with new possibilities in the pursuit of valued outcomes. It develops over time, and there is a strong link between motivation and creativity.
Teachers can support and promote creativity in their classrooms by teaching with creativity, which involves demonstrating a range of approaches to teaching and learning academic content and modelling the creative process themselves. They can also teach about creativity, by explicitly teaching their students about the components of creativity and the creative problem-solving process, and teach for creativity, by attending to the physical and social factors that support students to be creative.
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