Practical strategies for Early Childhood Teachers to Promote Creativity in Preschool

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Practical strategies for Early Childhood Teachers to Promote Creativity in Preschool.

To teach creativity, do we need to teach creatively or do we need to be teaching for creativity? Teaching for creativity is explained as teaching strategies that are intended to develop children’s own creative thinking and behaviour.  Teaching creatively, is seen as teaching differently from the norm “using imaginative approaches to making learning more interesting and effectively” (Craft, 2003). In order to both teach for creativity and teach creatively, educators need to be nourished, both professionally and personally (Craft, 2002).

Craft (2002) acknowledges that teaching creatively can be nourishing –  through relationships, between children, children and educators, children and resources – and with the environments that educators have planned and created. These can provide interest and excitement for both educators and the children, providing life-giving energy, yet she also acknowledges that teaching can be exhausting, that teachers can be emotionally and physically drained by the demands of children, and of parents, and that educators need to be responsible for their own psychological wellbeing.  Craft recommends continued professional development, but development that itself promotes creativity.


“A creative practice does not necessarily lead to learner creativity, but it provides open contexts for both teacher and learner to be creative” (Craft & Jeffrey, 2004, p.42).

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