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Stav Papadopoulos : Creative Teachers Can Fly High
Creative Teachers Can Fly High
By Stav Papadopoulos
“A creative spirit is to be acknowledged, celebrated and spurred on to reach greater heights.”
I like to imagine teachers are like kites, whose ‘spirit’ only comes alive when they fly. With the wind lifting them up in the air, they form an array of colorful kites swaying, thrusting, nose diving and soaring again as high as they can to touch the sky.
I open my arms and welcome them! During the Creative Teaching Seminars I offer, I become one with the budding new teacher, the inspired teacher, the caring teacher, the one who is at a loss. In our quest to personal and professional growth through creativity, the sky is the limit.
Let creativity go higher
It is sheer delight to work with and offer guidance to truly creative minds, especially if they are new to teaching. The thrill is in watching them when they take off and surprise you with their extraordinary ideas. The most imaginative lessons and propositions start coming from the colleagues you least expected. Before long, things are happening, new approaches are being adopted and even those who were indifferent are now taking notice and joining in the frenzy. The spirit of creativity spreads quickly among teachers and students and the results are spectacular. Teachers mature and gain confidence in their abilities and students move forward through engaging learning experiences.
Get teachers going, thinking, imagining, and daring!
A creative spirit is to be acknowledged, celebrated and spurred on to reach greater heights. My eyes just light up the moment a teaching talent transpires. The sincere interest in their students, their incredibly good ideas for lessons and projects fascinate me and the enthusiasm with which they approach their role fills me with hope and admiration as well.
Yet, it is a revelation when I realize the hidden potential in teachers and getting them to realize it and find the confidence to unleash it that is a real challenge. In some cases, it is just a matter of rekindling the passion they once had for their craft and there are also those who have only scratched the surface of their creative side but hesitate to dig deeper.
It is towards them that I feel a greater sense of responsibility. I want to reach out to them, to invite them in and to help them explore the realm of creativity and experience its liberating and empowering effects.
Tactics in Training Teachers to be Creative
How can we help teachers develop a creative spirit? Here are some of my tactics I’ve developed over time, through my studies and experience.
Encouraging my fellow teachers to enter the realm of creativity and to partake in the fun and joy it brings to them and their students has been a highly rewarding experience. If I have helped them go up a step higher as teachers, in return, other than valuable knowledge I have earned the truly precious gifts of trust and respect. •
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Stav Papadopoulos is a life-long learner and teacher of foreign languages. She conducts creative language teaching workshops, travels for inspiration, and writes e-books and school plays. More »