All aspects of CATS LC’s teaching philosophy are designed to enhance student’s creative skills. CATS has developed the philosophy and curriculum based on their practical, educational, and research experiences. The entire philosophy can be condensed into three principles
Creativity rests on the ability to combine previously disparate elements in new ways, which implies the need for broader focus and varied interests. CATS LC offers a multidisciplinary approach to learning by exposing students to arts, speech, drama, expression, music, movement etc to strike a balance between depth and breadth of knowledge to maximize creative potential. Students will also explore how their knowledge of sciences or maths can be creatively used in day to day life. Click here to know the activities for this month.
Triarchic theory of creative intelligence
Research suggests that there are three main aspects of intelligence that are key for creativity- synthetic, analytical and practical.
Synthetic refers to the ability to develop novel, high quality, and task appropriate ideas. At CATS LC students will be given a chance to explore this skill through various activities that will help students decode relevant vs. irrelevant information, combine bits of relevant information in novel ways, and relate new information to old information in novel ways.
The analytical aspect refers to the ability to judge’s ones own ideas and thinking about ways to improve upon them. CATS LC has a non-judgmental learning environment. The faculty does not decide what is right vs. wrong. The faculty is trained to work in partnership with the student to help the students critically analyze their work and discuss various ways in which the work could be improved.
The practical aspect refers to the ability to “sell “their own ideas and think of ways to use these ideas in everyday life. CATS LC curriculum emphasizes the need to develop communication skills through expression. These skills will help students better express their ideas and prepare them to “up-sell” these ideas to the real world.
Environment that fosters the intrinsic motivation of learning
There is plenty of evidence in to prove that students will be most creative when they are motivated primarily by interest, satisfaction, and challenge of the work. Extrinsic motivation (for example reward for doing something right) hampers creativity.
Let us illustrate my point by using the maze analogy. An extrinsically motivated student will find the way out of the maze in the shortest possible way. This is similar to the environment in schools today. Students are rewarded by the speed and accuracy with which they can answer questions.
This is important aspect of learning. It teaches efficiency and knowledge. However, it can hamper creativity. Intrinsically motivated students will explore various alternatives, taking their time and exploring many paths to get out of the maze. This exploration is what will lead to successful and novel ideas. Some of these ideas may even be more appropriate than the obvious path.
CATS LC creates this very environment. Students are immersed in a fun and playful atmosphere where they are encouraged to look at issues with different lens. We also use problem-based learning and role-plays to ensure children let their creative skills develop in a safe non-judgmental environment.