Impose Fewer Restrictions In Class

It is still a common belief that creativity is innate and creative people have the special gene in them. As a matter of fact, creativity blossoms in an environment where the students are free to make mistakes. Traditional classroom management approaches which are based on rewards and punishments have gone down the drain and are ineffective. Neither this approach makes children develop self-discipline and sense of responsibility nor provide the suitable environment for buds to emerge. Rather makes the relationships stringent, furthermore killing this special gene called “creativity”. The crux of the view is that the teachers need to impose fewer restrictions on the class so that the children develop intrinsic motivation to give vent to their creativity. Certain factors which can help give expression to students on one hand and on the other hand maintain the class decorum are mentioned below:

1. NO to unilateral rules: If the rules are laid down by teachers unilaterally, in the long run, kids will find not find any necessity for them. The approach here required is bilateral. The kids need to be actively involved in process of making classroom rules along with the reprimand if it is broken.

2. Respect the child’s perspective: Instead of being authoritarian, give a patient hearing. Maybe the child’s perspective is right to his /her age group. We need to explain logically if there is any wrong influence on the child.

3. Taking away a privilege: Instead of infliction the child with an unpleasant situation, the better option would be to take away a privilege. Think of the ways to reconstruct classroom rather than depending on punishment.

4. Give choice: Miss a hobby period or complete the assignment, should be the preferable way of giving child a power where he is to decide what he has to.

All in all, it can be said that little freedom can serve the broad purpose of learning, practicing and mastering new skills. A classroom needs to support intrinsic motivation of the child to learn and not only drawing on to different strength, ability, and interests but also maximize child’s learning. Children need to learn to make their own decisions as success is not the key to happiness but happiness is the true key to success.


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