Activities to encourage creative talent in the classroom
Creative talent is usually related to high abilities. We all have creative talents that should be encouraged from an early age. In the case of people with high abilities, it is especially important that creative talent is accentuated through activities that allow them to develop their faculties.
At international school of Elche we are committed to creativity through innovation, so that our students learn in a suitable environment and are able to achieve their goals.
What is creative talent?
Creative talent is the ability we all have to develop original ideas, based on our own abilities. Creative talents should be nurtured from the earliest years of school, with the aim of enhancing the particular abilities of each student.
In the field of education, the concept of creative talent is also associated with people with high abilities. In this case, its meaning refers to the possibility of improving the abilities of people who show above-average intelligence. In order to avoid frustrations and disruptive behaviour, there are academic methodologies that allow the creative talents of highly gifted children to be fostered.
The qualities of children with special creative talents
In order to determine that a pupil has special talents, above average, it is important to carry out a series of tests to confirm the existence of high abilities. In any case, there are a number of signs that indicate the existence of an unusual talent.
- Interests different from the usual ones for children of the same age.
- Tendency to hyperactivity and restlessness.
- Apparent disorder, or difficulty in adapting to certain organisational processes.
- Academic difficulties in some cases.
- Unlimited creativity in different fields.
Creative talent in the classroom
Creative talents in the case of highly gifted pupils can become a burden in the educational process, if they are not encouraged in the right way. Here are some of the activities that will enable them to develop their talents in the classroom.
Development through art
The artistic process is, without a doubt, one of the most important supports that we can resort to in cases of high abilities.
Art offers us all kinds of techniques, which we can use depending on their tastes. Learning to play an instrument, plastic arts or writing are just some of the activities that will help them to unleash their full potential.
It is important that we approach this type of activity from the right point of view, artistic learning does not have to become a responsibility, it is simply a way to develop their skills in different areas.
Simple and creative games
Learning by playing is an idea that, in this case, can be very useful. Normally games are based on a regulated activity, oriented towards an objective with which we win or lose, however, there are other types of games that try to stimulate creative talent.
Simple materials stimulate the imagination, sometimes playing is as easy as having some constructions, plasticine or paints, and letting the child develop his or her own rules and objectives.
Show them that we are creative too
It is important that they perceive that the people around them are also creative, and that this ability can be collaborative. Not only should we not set limits to their ability to invent, but we should also develop our own creativity when we are with them, so that they can learn other ways of unleashing their talents.
People with high abilities show a special facility for solving logic-related problems. These types of games are adapted to their age, and also allow them to make use of abstract reasoning, a fundamental aspect for our day-to-day life, which they can improve through games.
Learning to cook
They love learning to cook, and it can be a great activity for them to unleash their creativity. Cooking is always fun, through the recipes we teach them at home they can improve their skills and apply them to other fields, and learning to cook from an early age is a reinforcement when it comes to acquiring responsibilities.
Their own projects
In general terms, it is important that they can develop their own projects whenever they want. It is important that those of us who are close to them understand and support them at all times, so that they perceive that being creative is beneficial and that they will obtain many benefits from this type of activity.
Creative talent and research
A fundamental aspect of creativity at an early age is the ability to research and find solutions based on different sources.
One of the keys to developing their potential is not to offer them all the answers, but to increase their curiosity about certain topics, allowing them to investigate and draw their own conclusions. Much of learning is based on discovery, all children are curious and ask questions, if we are able to stimulate their passion for what surrounds them, they will become adults motivated by diverse topics.
In order for them to develop their creative talents, they need to investigate, make mistakes and get things right, but above all, they need to draw their own conclusions and maintain their interest in their surroundings.
Newton College, a school focused on our pupils’ abilities
At Newton College we develop educational programmes based on language learning through different academic experiences. Talent development is a priority for our school and we have created an environment that allows pupils from all levels of education to develop their own abilities without limit.
Creative talent is a basic element in our classrooms, which is why we try to improve our pupils’ skills through specific programmes focused on creativity.