The idea that competition can be based on creativity and ideas rather than on who finishes first or who has the correct idea. Creating classroom activities for children to engage and use their imagination to create concepts for their answers.
Both inside and outside the classroom, competition is always present. Students are pressured from teachers as well as peers to finish assignments hastily, there is only one right answer, the first one is the winner and everyone else loses; these factors in what we call "success" can sometimes bring a child's confidence down causing students to quit trying, they begin to doubt themselves and other negative effects of constantly "losing". My idea is to create in-class activities that allow competition in a creative way by choosing winners based on how many creative ideas they can come up with and not who finishes the quickest or who has the prettiest idea. For example, an art activity where you give each student 20 popsicle sticks, string, and glue and tell them they have 30 minutes to create as many different things as possible. This gives them the motivation to be imaginative because they will feel like they have the freedom and power to create their own rules in a sense. This can also be integrated in a reading assignment, having students read a story and then splitting them up in groups and allowing them to come up with multiple ideas for how to solve the main problem. This can get students actively engaged and it is still a means of competition yet it is positive and creative and allows for more students to be "winners"!
Children in the classroom
In this challenge, we want to create ideas with young people, not for them. Outline how you’re planning to involve young people or other end-users (parents, teachers, etc) in designing, iterating or testing your idea during the Ideas phase.
Young people and teachers are the main focus in this activity, without support from teachers I do not think this idea is possible. Parents can also be involved too if they want to engage their child in home activities, but I think starting in the classroom will be most beneficial. Teachers will be the facilitators of these activities and the children will be the participants.
How might you envision your idea spreading across geographies or cultures so that it inspires young people around the world to cultivate their creative confidence?
With this idea starting in the classroom, I think that if it succeeds teachers will start sharing their knowledge with other teachers. That in return can turn into schools implementing these activities into the lesson plans. I believe this is a simple concept that can be spread across all cultures through discussions in the teachers lounge, to online class forums where teachers share ideas with one another.
What skills, input or guidance would you like to receive from the OpenIDEO community to help you build out or refine your idea further?
I would appreciate any other ideas for activities that can both engage students to think outside the box as well as increase classroom discussion and involvement. The activity should allow for multiple solutions and not just one correct answer.