Teaching Creativity and Innovation to Young Entrepreneurs

The world is evolving quicker than most education systems.  The rate of evolution means that our children have a more significant challenge of learning than what we had.  Flexible process models enable adaptability far better than fixed-style models.  So, what is one of the essential skills to teach our young entrepreneurs?  Creativity and innovation are one of the most critical skills we can teach our kids because it allows them to learn how to adapt and face future unpredictable challenges.  Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg are successful examples of how adopting innovation in education can help build creativity and foster outstanding problem-solving abilities.  Here are a few ways we can teach our children to be creative and innovative.

  1. Encourage Young Entrepreneurs to Find the Answer Themselves

Also known as the Pestalozzi Method, which encourages students to find the answers to their questions.  The Pestalozzi method invites good observations skills, imagination, judging abilities and it fosters reasoning.

  1. Let Teachers Observe and Let Learners Learn

Even though the education system is more focused on outcome-based education, the focus is still very much on teacher-driven lessons with little to no room for children to develop their innovative capabilities.  Young entrepreneurs need to have opportunities to learn more through their actions rather than be taught it from the front of a classroom.

  1. Focus on One Project at a Time

Project-based learning enables students to put their knowledge together in the form of focused questions and assessments for a practical project or problem rather than the traditional individual lessons.

  1. Focus on the Concept, not the Facts

Allow children to explore ideas rather than giving them all the answers so that they are forced to use their imaginations and creativity.

  1. Identify Two Directions of Innovation

Problem-to-solution innovation encourages young entrepreneurs to find creative solutions to current problems.  Solution-to-problem innovation supports finding a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist just yet.  Both models help children think of the problem from a different perspective, but the solution-to-problem model is more human-centred design, which focuses on innovating better solutions.

Your children can face the future with confidence when they possess the ability to be innovative and creative.  The pressures that the school system places on teachers, however, hinders their ability to allow children the time to foster these much-needed skills.  Parents and outside educators, therefore, play a crucial role in filling this gap for our young entrepreneurs.