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Stav Papadopoulos : How Do You Transform Into a Creative Teacher?
How Do You Transform Into a Creative Teacher?
By Stav Papadopoulos
It seems as if creative teachers are in perpetual motion; always moving forward, always quick to adjust to newly established circumstances and forever coming up with fresh and inspiring approaches to tasks. With the autonomy they enjoy and the air of confidence they exude, they leap from one creative activity to the next with amazing ease and speed. They can at times bring to mind action heroes who readily transform themselves and come to save the day and to teach us all a good lesson.
How do they do it? It’s not magical powers they possess but the time and effort they put into their craft. It is the passion for their work, a strong desire to explore their scientific field for better understanding and the will to experiment with a number of techniques and see what works best for their students.
While some teachers are natural talents, others need to discover their creative potential. Teacher training courses aim for professional development and though it is a good place to start it may only scratch the surface of a promising creative teaching talent. You may gain valuable insight into the current practices in teaching but to use them you need to find the creative teacher in you.
How do you go about transforming into a creative teacher? The first step is to acknowledge the many ways you have already been creative and then follow this short trail before you find your own way out of the woods:
Being involved in all these activities is bound to help you realize there are things you can do to make your lessons more exciting and engaging for your students. Though everyone loves a surprise, it’s not always easy for teachers or students to adjust to abrupt changes. Introduce one item at a time, something different each month and you may even have to wait a whole year before you too can move like lightning. What is important is realizing the need or even better the desire to turn your lessons into sessions of creative and inspiring activity.
Creative teaching changes you and encourages you to assess and reassess your methods each and every day and to make the necessary adjustments. It prompts you to transform into a much more creative teacher and eagerly explore other fields in the hope of finding fun but also imaginative and effective ways to enrich your students’ knowledge. •
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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 »