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Teachers can give students clear step-by-step instructions to students to understand and accomplish something. However, just doing what the instructions say without thinking for themselves then students don’t get to learn as much. Indeed, the above video shows that if we can think outside of the box then we can reach new and different results. This is what we want students to achieve. To think by themselves and see new perspectives of doing things by guiding them in the right direction and without limiting them on what they can achieve.
Subjects such as literature, arts and other similar subjects allow some degree of creativity for the student. However, other subjects such as maths and physics often teach the student a single, one direction way of teaching. Maybe this is done to avoid confusion to the student from the different methods available but it still limits the student and discourages experimentation. On the other hand, other subjects such as computing encourage creativity and experimentation to a certain degree though it still needs to be improved and worked upon.
Unfortunately, creative and critical thinking is probably more time-consuming. It is much easier, faster and more effective to simply hammer the knowledge into the student’s heads instead of engaging them to think for themselves. There is a difference in gaining knowledge by knowing (accepting that it is a fact) and in gaining knowledge by understanding (understanding why it’s a fact).
At the end of the day, we want students to understand not just know. By doing so we would be preparing them better for their future career and work life.
Also, the following article gives great ideas of how teachers can get students to think outside of the box:
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