Unexpected promotes creativity. Design activities, curriculum and educational contexts with unexpected components is one way to stimulate creativity in the classroom.
The article write by Elisondo, Donolo and Rinaudo, researchers from the National University of Río Cuarto (Argentina), published in Creative Education 2013, Volume 12B, present experiences and researches where the unexpected promote creative contexts of learning.
The unexpected includes new ways of thinking educational contexts. It goes against monotonous activities. The unexpected characterizes the creative processes, proposing educational contexts using unexpected components may be a new way to break established practice and allow space for, improvisation and creativity. The unexpected creates opportunities not only for students but also for teachers. Building new ways of teaching that move beyond predictable and expected tasks may enrich teaching practice and professional development
Curricular decisions that include unexpected components may allow teaching and learning contexts in which knowledge, emotions and significance tie with others and with cultural artifacts.