Stav Papadopoulos : Creative Teaching Escapes the Classroom
Creative Teaching Escapes the Classroom
By Stav Papadopoulos
Creativity cannot be bound to the strict confines of any classroom.
No room, laboratory, stage, workshop or seminar hall, auditorium or formal setting can contain the rush of creativity.
Creative teachers can bring the world into the classroom but they are just as aware how much inspiration, appreciation and confidence students gain when they are introduced to different environments. The well-planned field trip, the class held outdoors, the visit to another class are not just examples of a change of scene but a great opportunity for creative activities to get off the ground.
Just as creative lessons will often escape to the real world, so can creative teacher training. As beautiful as the décor of any event hall for your creative teacher training may be, it cannot surpass real life settings. How else will you and your colleagues help one another see, hear, feel, smell and taste the riches of the wonderfully created world and find the ideas you have been looking for? How else will you all be preparing your students to realize the potential of the resources in their environment?
Teachers like students also need a change of scene. Why not hold your creative teacher sessions in new and exciting venues from time to time? Promote creativity with your choice of venue as well as the invitation you sent out. You don’t need your projector or a laptop, nor do your need to bring all your equipment and materials along. Your sharing, your presence, your guidance will be enough. Perhaps, the following suggestions will encourage you to seek out a most exciting place for your next creative teacher training sessions.
• Plan a getaway
• Attend a performance
• Visit the market
Teachers need guidance too. So anxious are they to put forward their best performance in the classroom, that they can hardly notice the call for creativity coming from a short distance away. Creative teaching does not limit itself to any one place; like creativity it’s ubiquitous. •
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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 »