By : Nor Rehan Ferhana Binti Abdul Aziz
There are many different ways to define creativity, and the definitions are as varied as the people who developed them. Some would refer to creativity as doing something in a unique way. Others believe that creativity requires the person to move out from their common pattern of similarity. Creativity is “thinking outside the box.” Some people believe that creativity is flexible thinking whereas other sees it as a special type of problem-solving. Still many define creativity as the ability to generate something new from an existing product or by other means being innovative. Personal creativity is doing something new and something you never done before. The concept of personal creativity is especially valuable in the world of young children.
A creative teacher is one who always comes up with new ideas, materials, and approaches. Interactions with children are often unpredictable and teachers tend to be stuck in the mist of ambiguity to develop a new product when teaching. Many teachers in the Reggio Emilia school, has reported to be the best early child hood program in the world, listen to, observe, and understand children. They serve as resources, and provide occasions of discovery and learning for the children in the Italian schools. Gandini (1992) explains that Reggio teachers are partners in the children’s learning process. The Italian teacher enjoys discovering together with the children. The role of the teacher remain as both the observer and learner who provide wonderful model for the children to emulate.
There are many different ways to create art and a wide variety of materials and tools that can be used by young children. In an early childhood classroom, many options should be provided with appropriate choice for the individual child. Stimulating art experiences, in a safe, responsive environment, provide optimal conditions for the development of creativity. The teacher demonstrates her respect for children’s ways of learning when she provides open-ended materials such as clay, paint, and a variety of tools. By providing options, she nurtures the children’s ability to make choice.
I feel attracted to explain more about creative dramatics, because this is something that attract children to get involved and participate. Creative dram is a powerful learning medium that emerges from the spontaneous play of children. In socio dramatic play, the highest level of symbolic play, children create their own happenings based on their experiences. In this pretend play, they develop roles and language that follow the interest of the children who are working cooperatively around a chosen theme, center, or event. Socio dramatic play engages young children and provides the bridge to dramatizations. Creative drama uses the art of theater to build and enhance participants’ artistic sensitivity and develop dramatic imagination. It allows participants to imagine and reflect on experiences, real or imagined.
There are many benefits of creative drama, the connection between imagination and acting, begin as young children, become more flexible and fluent with experience. The first benefits is, can develop language development if children. Oral language is used and expanded in drama. During this critical period of language learning, children need many opportunities to talk, expand their vocabulary and listen to the words of other. Research indicates that children who attend program with a creative dramatic component, have advanced language and are able to communicate their ideas verbally. Oral language is an essential element in cognitive development during the first eight tears of life, and provides the basis for literacy development during reading and writing. Drama is an effective tool it has a positive impact on the oral language development of children.
Next benefit is extemporaneous speaking. Creative drama focuses on the extemporaneous use language. Although the children are aware of the story element, they select the words, gestures, and voice that they will use the drama is occurring. The spontaneous interactions require the children to listen to the other characters and quickly determined how they will respond. Besides that, creative drama also can develop social and emotional development. One of the strengths of creative drama is the opportunity for small group work. In drama, children interact and communicate to create a community of ideas, images and action. As they adjust their action in response to the group, children gain skills in negotiating and collaborating. Through improvisational activities, young children begin to adjust to the response of the group. They develop the ability to reflect and think on their feet. Working in a group continually requires the child to participate in cognitive, social and emotional exchanges. Drama facilitates emotional social development because it requires interaction, negotiation, and cooperation. Emotional development is also enhanced as children are encouraged to express and explore their feeling.
In additional, creative drama also helps children to relate with their daily lifestyle or family lifestyle into their sociodramatic roles even better they will represent their own thought for every role in family. Creative dramatic and play-making is the best platform for children to develop their cognitive especially in imaginative and problem-solving. Through drama, the imagination can be stimulated and pleasure can be found by participating hence children development in a good progress.