4 Steps To Creating Confident And Creative Thinking Students

Think about it: when children are young, they’re encouraged almost constantly to be creative. They tell stories, play make believe and dress up, build forts, and draw pictures. Once they get to school, that flow of creativity starts to dwindle, and continues to do so as they get older and older. But the truth is that encouraging students to think creatively can be a challenge in today’s curricula and test focused classrooms. Our modern educational models don’t leave a lot of room for creative free thinking.

The handy infographic below takes a look at four strategies to boost students’ confidence in their creativity. Central to all of them is the idea of positive influence – which, as the teacher, you need to supply. If our students are confident in themselves and their creative thinking skills, they’ll be able to more effectively and efficiently address the complex, multi-faceted problems they’ll face in a fully connected, globalized world.

Steps To Creating Confident, Creative Thinking Students

In all of these steps, students should be encouraged to strive for positive traits and complete positive actions through the entire experience. 

Who Do You Want To Be?

Teens are often asked the question ‘who do you want to be?” They can define their own traits or choose from a selection of popular traits that the group comes up with.

Create Your Own Mission

Teens should create a mission designed to demonstrate the trait they chose in the first step. During this step they can look at other student’s posts for inspiration.

Post Your Action

Teens post the result of their action, such as a video or photo, which will post to Instagram. They should use hash tags for the traits they want to show.

Social Feedback

Teens view streams of actions by trait that they care about being as inspiration and give feedback and points for fellow users.



  1. Jake Simon

    January 26, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    These are some good steps. With Project:IDWIL (I Do What I Love), I also add to the mix that having exposure to good examples of people who’ve been successful at lining up their passions with what they do for a living helps those who are lucky enough to think they know “what they want to be” find inspiration and information.

  2. Candice Smith

    January 27, 2014 at 12:33 am

    I love the way this process integrates with the basic marketing process..

    Vision – Mission – Objective (action) – feedback

    It seems like an interesting project that can really help out students and be fun at the same time !!

    Good share Katie :)

  3. Rahul

    January 28, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    I am not agree with Jake, examples always distract the teens, it forcefully motivate them to be the same as the example. Let them think about their self.

  4. Luke Kahlich

    January 30, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Generally this is a good pathway,but it seems to leave out the student needing to analyze any examples provided and that they need to find examples themselves–from their own analysis they can then construct personal journeys toward what they wish to accomplish. I assume the social aspect contains both self and peer interactions as well as group work.

  5. PhpArena

    February 6, 2014 at 12:01 am

    Student life is very important and we have to make the best of it. it determines the future. Student need to be creative as well.