How Teacher Can Develop Children’s Creativity through Facilitating Possibility Thinking in Chinese Folk Dance Classroom


  • Yingying Hu Chengdu Vocational University of Art



In recent decades, people has gradually focused on creativity especially in education and society. Through teaching activities, students may be able to use possibility thinking in their classes for developing creativity. Hence, it is important that understanding how teachers can develop children’s creativity by supporting possibility thinking. As a dance teacher, I am looking forward to bringing this knowledge into my teaching. Through a theoretical analysis and experiential combination, this paper aims to explore how teachers can cultivate children’s creativity by facilitating possibility thinking.


Possibility thinking, Chinese folk dance, Creativity, Teaching


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