How to cultivate imagination through art of wonder in education
Curiosity and imagination are more important than knowledge. Imagination influences on what we do with knowledge, how we can mix different parts of information to solve the problem or make the innovation.
Most teachers focus on helping students to create ideas and use their imagination. They make learners wonder through unexpected connections from different items and extraordinary things. This approach includes experimental learning with the discussion. It helps students to pay more attention and to learn in a deeper way.
Wonder motivates children and young people to explore the things, mix them in different ways, experiment a lot and then to see the entire picture. This feeling caused by the surprising things and has a good impact on the education. It leads to the right and not a superficial conclusion and willingness to gain mastery. Also, amazement brings student involvement, retention, and conceptual understanding.
Are you ready to create a new education culture based on cultivating the imagination through the wonder?
Make assessments that reward right questions
Suggest the students to generate questions instead of answers. This assignment may be more developmental and useful. Asking the right questions eliminates the misunderstanding. Writing effective questions activates wonder and imagination. To create simple and right questions, avoid idiomatic language and such words “always”, “never” that can cause embarrassment. Test only one idea in each question.
The question-based model involves a balance between constraint and freedom when students learn to use their imagination. They become active participants in the process and feel valuable. It is cheaper than to spend money on new building or classroom but more efficient.
Promote innovative thinking
Nowadays students have to become experts not just at reading context but at understanding multiple contexts to implement it in learning and at work. To promote innovative thinking, help students feel free to explore strange things and take advantage of them. Ask “what if” questions to let learners use the wonder and reflect some time based on education content.
Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown in “Cultivating the Imagination in a World of Constant Change” wrote, “Riddles are brilliant things because they’re absolutely obvious in hindsight. They require lots of guessing, an imaginative leap in order to get to the answer. But once you make the leap, once you engage the imagination, suddenly everything’s clear and obvious. That’s the sense of play we want to bring into the classroom and encourage”.
Create the education environment that fits student’s everyday life
You can’t teach imagination but you may create an environment in which the learners will build the world. They will operate with the modern digital tool to face the new challenges and be aware of world tendency. Avoid disconnection between the learning and real life. The education has to catch up with the world around the learners. Let the education be natural and show the ordinary things as extraordinary to launch students’ imagination and wonder.
Education environment that includes the diversity of the world, makes the learners open-minded and engages them in the study. Researches proved that right learning environment fosters critical thinking and positive outcome. In these conditions, educational experience will be connected with students’ lives.
Help students to create ideas and use their imagination. Make them wonder through unexpected connections from different items and extraordinary things. This approach includes experimental learning with the discussion. It brings student involvement, retention, and conceptual understanding.
To cultivate imagination and wonder, suggest the students to generate questions instead of answers. Ask “what if” questions to let learners use the wonder and reflect some time based on education content. Avoid disconnection between the learning and real life. The education has to catch up with the world around the learners.
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