Far beyond drawing a picture or writing a poem, creativity is at the heart of every innovation and discovery! People who can “think outside the box” are in demand in every business and industry. Creative thinking encourages people to come up with new solutions, approaches, or product ideas—and much more—to move businesses and careers forward.
Virtual school supports creativity by providing kids with options, including multiple paths for learning. This way, students can work at their own pace and customize their lessons to suit their learning goals. Students can move ahead once they’ve mastered a subject so they don’t become bored with their learning, and they can slow down for something that is more difficult—or for a subject that captures their interest. Gifted and talented students can delve deeper or accelerate into more advanced study.
The personalization of online school makes it possible to tailor learning to a student’s interests. Students can choose from a wider selection of courses, including music, art history, world languages, career/technical classes, and electives that may be unavailable in some traditional brick-and-mortar schools.
Also, teachers can work closely with parents and students to adjust assignments to suit a child’s strengths, weaknesses, personal interests, or learning style. And, creativity is always encouraged. For example, a budding film producer might want to create a video about the life of Abraham Lincoln as a history project, or a talented musician might take a poem written for language arts and turn it into a song.
By combining critical thinking and problem-solving with creativity, students can practice innovation in just about any virtual-school course. In addition, with the flexible schedules of virtual- and blended-learning schools, it’s possible for students to learn and apply what they’ve learned in new and creative ways through volunteering, internships, and other hands-on experiences.