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3 Benefits of Tutoring Creatively

Tuesday, 9 January 2018


Here, at RK Tutors, I believe that tutoring should be creative (for more information on private tuition please click here).  Below are 3 reasons why I try to tutor creatively:
  1. Better results

Hit Target
In 2009, Mike Baker wrote a BBC article called "Benefits of Creative Classrooms" [1].  In this article he highlighted that National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) indicated that young people on the Creative Partnerships' Programme achieved "on average, the equivalent of 2.5 grades better progress in GCSE than similar young people in other schools"[1].  It is worth noting that "creativity has been shown to be distinct from intelligence" (Caroline Sharp) - one can score well in creativity and still do poorly on IQ tests [3].  For this reason it is now generally believed that there are many forms of intelligence.
  1. Improves multi-faceted thinking

Super Idea
Mann in his 2006 paper, "Creativity the essence of Mathematics", cites Dreyfus and Eisenburg when pointing out that "a good mathematical mind is capable of flexible thought and manipulate and investigate a problem from many different aspects"[2].  Mann believes that creativity in Mathematics promotes thinking that is multi-dimensional that there are not just right and wrong answers and that there are different ways of thinking [2].

Indeed, Caroline Sharp (2004) pointed out that at Foundation Stage the 2000 Curriculum stated that "Being creative enables children to make connections between one area of learning and another and so extend their understanding.  This area includes art, music, dance, role-play and imaginative play" [3].
  1. Most sought after skill set 
    Multi-tasking Man

In 2010, an IBM survey was conducted and it was found that creativity is the most sought after skill sets.  More than 1500 Chief Executive Officers from 60 countries and 33 industries worldwide were surveyed [4].  Many of us believe we are not creative but as Caroline Sharp points out many Early Years children have an inbuilt level of creativity and creativity can be skill learned and encouraged [3].

References
  1. Baker, M. (2009, 23rd May).  Benefits of creative classrooms.  Retrieved 9th January 2018 from http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/8064306.stm
  2. Mann, E. L. (2006, December).  Creativity the essence of Mathematics.  Retrieved 9th January 2018 from https://www.researchgate.net/publication/230881863_Creativity_The_Essence_of_Mathematics
  3. Sharp, C. (2004, November).  Developing young children's creativity: What can we learn from research.  Retrieved 9th January 2018 from https://www.nfer.ac.uk/publications/55502
  4. Hicks, K. (2015, March 17th).  Why Creativity in the Classroom Matters More Than Ever.  Retrieved 9th January 2018 from http://www.edudemic.com/creativity-in-the-classroom/

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