To Be Creative or To Be Curious
If Curiosity and Creativity were in a relationship, what would their "ship name" be? Curi-ivity? Cre-osity?
The fact of the matter is that the two do have a relationship. Each skill feeds off the other to create a world of inventions, art, literature, music.
Think of curiosity like a super power, one that has been handed down to you by generations of ancestors through human evolution. In order to survive, they needed to be curious of their surroundings and then apply creative ways to hunting and shelter. Now with the advent of modern living, we often view those skills as niche, hobbies, and not a sustaining skill. When the reality is, we still hold that original spark of curiosity to learn and transform the things around us!
From the simplest of questions - "yum! What's in this sandwich?" to the more complex - "how does a computer work?" and finally the most complex "what can I do to transform my environment?" Curiosity is the force that drives all we know today.
To be curious is 'to have a strong desire to know or learn something'. And so we ask the questions "how, what, why?" More often than not, the very root of the answer to those is lodged in a creative solution.
And now that we've mentioned being creative, let's dive into that skill!
Often creativity gets the misnomer that it only applies to crafts or hobbies or artistic skills. We view things made with our hands as creative. And while that's true, it does not encompass the entirety of our creative minds.
When viewed as a mindset, creativity widens our perception and along with that expanded perception comes a new way of problem solving. It allows us to find different, more interesting ways to approach various tasks.
Creativity is defined as 'the use of the imagination or original ideas'. Let's take a moment to think about where those original ideas stem from. It can only come from curiosity! The direct result of original ideas always begins with curiosity and leads to creativity. It's a symbiotic circle of the constant flow of thought and action.
Without curiosity, feelings of boredom and apathy accumulate. We see this take place in the classroom in the form of low attendance, minimal participation, and a general lack of interest in academics.
At C2C, we've created an entire formula to help educators combat these feelings in their students by integrating creative thinking into the current curriculum.
It's our firm belief that when students are encouraged to create, their natural inclination for curiosity blooms. When they are focused on a creative goal, they become more absorbed in their learning and more driven to acquire the skills they need to accomplish it.
Learn to encourage and engage your students in new ways by incorporating our CREATE Method and other proven practices. Our team of Educational and Creativity Consultants will guide you as we incorporate curiosity and creativity into your already existing lesson plans.
Together we can ignite a generation!
English Dictionary by Oxford Languages