CREATIVITY – An Impeccable Virtue in Schools

Robert Kiyosaki, a well known author of “Rich Dad, Poor Dad’ in his book titled “Be Rich and be happy”, highly condemns the negative programming an education system does to the young minds as such system focuses on bookish knowledge. He further argues that such knowledge taught in school for children is futile where applications in practical affairs of life become totally obsolete.

He further re-defines and urges all schools and educationalists to re-engineer their education systems that will prepare their children for practical life success financially, socially and emotionally.

The enigmatic truth about his new way of thinking of educating children are experienced only in rare schools for instance, The Yenepoya School, (though it may not be the only school), that pioneers and initiates such innovative methods of learning from Montessori 1 until grade 10.

A child who’s educated at such a school does not view the world like a child at another traditional school. He or she thinks differently i.e. thinks outside the box. This means that that the child’s thinking is original, creative, imaginative, artistic, innovative and of resourceful nature.

Let me illustrate this point, and you as a parent of a creative school may openly discover when you just compare to another friend or relative of yours whose child may be educated in a traditional school:

· If your child is at Montessori level or even a little higher class, give your Montessori child the plastic Fun dough clay and, also give another child from another traditional school the same clay too. Your child will surely astound you with excellence in a unique and unbelievable creativity and variety of thinking he has applied and, he could easily mould the clay into anything you ask or any vegetable, fruit, animal or anything with a great combination of colours in a few minutes. Unfortunately you may not see the same result with the other child though the child may be equally capable and intelligent.

· Similarly, a child going to a creative school will outcompete in creativity of drawing and colouring in such a unique and original pattern that will enthrall you to a large extent.

· Another notable characteristic of creative students is the ability to write creatively. When asked to write a story from grade 2 onwards, students come up with fascinating stories with their own original characters and settings with a great beginning and ending. However, the less creative ones will come up with re-written stories in their own words of a story they have already heard or read somewhere.

· Also at such creative schools, we don’t teach about money to lower primary students just verbally and in writing but also we create small shopping centre in our campus where each child plays a role of either a shopkeeper or customer, and then FEELS the practical transaction of money using dummy currency notes and coins.

· Let’s take another instance, of the theme “Day and Night” in teaching science to lower primary students. When this topic is being taught, the learner must first observe the day sky and night sky so as to know what is seen in the night (for e.g. stars and moon) is different from the day sky (for e.g. the sun and bluish sky).

Also when we teach about the revolution and rotation of the earth, the learners have to come forward to do an activity such as role play or enactment of one student(say A) as Sun, another student (say B) as earth and another student (say C) as moon.

So, by enactment of the motion and movement i.e. the rotation of the earth around its axis and the revolution of the earth, the subject matter about the solar system especially sun, moon and earth becomes clearly imprinted on child’s mind to the extent that he could even define the scientific terms correctly using his own language.

Such schools also facilitate the learners with regular Yoga, Swimming, Karate, Dance, Drama, Music, Arts and Craft Classes along with regular field trips to bring out the hidden potential and sharpen skills of each child in every area so as to shape them into a great and a beautiful personality to bring in individual success in his walk of life.

This kind of multitude of learning experiences in such schools integrates and caters to all types of learners as put forward in the ‘Theory of Multiple Intelligence’ by Howard Gardner, an American developmental psychologist and a professor of Harvard University.

When such pedagogy is implemented, learner is not only curious but also there’s maximum absorption and gaining of knowledge wherein the learner need not at all depend on bookish knowledge through memorization.

I strongly believe every school through out India and across the globe need to implement these teaching strategies as rare schools as suggested by Robert Kiyosaki or Gardner by building and nurturing the creativity within the child, and make learning an enjoyable experience thus mould students into great creative individuals no matter which path they choose to opt for later in their life so as to achieve life success in all areas.

Discover How You Can Learn To Speak The Spanish Language Online

Now you can learn to speak the Spanish language from
courses that are readily available online. Learning to speak Spanish as a
second language has never been more important. As our world grows
increasingly more interconnected, the benefits of learning to speak the
Spanish language are becoming increasingly apparent.

In this article, we will look at the various ways you can learn to speak
Spanish. We will examine the advantages and drawbacks of learning the
Spanish language through books. We will examine the pluses and
minuses of learning to speak Spanish in a classroom setting.
We will show you why we think learning Spanish online holds huge
advantages over the more traditional methods of learning this or any
language. And we will discuss exactly what you should look for in an
online program to teach you to speak Spanish naturally and effectively.
There are several ways to learn to speak the Spanish language. Many
books are available to help you learn Spanish. These books come in
assorted prices and quality. And while you can learn to speak Spanish by
studying various texts, the process is often hard work.

In addition, the process of learning any language in this way is
unnatural. Finally, there is the matter of pronunciation. When learning
a language from a book, you never get to hear the language. This makes
it very difficult for you to speak the language in the real world.
Learning how to speak Spanish in a classroom is another option. This
method of learning a language has many advantages over learning
Spanish from a book. If your are learning Spanish in a classroom, you
have a presumably competent instructor that will help you with your
pronunciation. You will be able to converse in Spanish with your
classmates.

Still, there are considerable drawbacks to learning to speak Spanish in
class. Classes can be very expensive. Costs can run into hundreds of
dollars at a university. You have to travel to the class which can be
costly. And you have to adhere to the class schedule. This can be nearly
impossible for many busy individuals.

The newest way to learn Spanish is to learn online. We think this is the
best choice for most people. If you learn to speak the Spanish language
online, you can learn at a time and place that is convenient to you. You
can review any lessons that give you difficulty.

The cost of many online courses is very reasonable when compared to
learning Spanish in a class. The best Spanish courses online are
interactive and can help you with your pronunciation. You will be able
to participate in a conversation in Spanish and be understood.
When you choose an online Spanish course be sure it includes all the
features you will need to learn Spanish in a fast, fun, and effective way.
Make sure your instructors are fluent in both English and Spanish.

You will want to make certain that your online Spanish course is
interactive.You will want the audio portion of the course to be playable
on your computer or mp3 player. And you will want a chance to sample
the lessons before you buy.

Learning the Spanish language can be a challenging and rewarding
experience. It has never been easier to learn another language. Learning
online is such as superior way to learn to speak any language. You can
be speaking in another tongue in just a few weeks. Explore the courses
available online and get started. In just a few short weeks you can be
speaking Spanish.