Updated: May 9
"I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn." Albert Einstein
(Picture taken at The Madame Tussauds New York, 2016).
The time has come for change in education. Covid-19 forced it on us, and it was frightening. Yet I hope to help you manage this opportunity. I know there is an overflow of tips and advice available online nowadays. It’s difficult to apply it all, because we need to do the work and generate the best practices that are right for each and every one of us.
I want to make this blog applicable and relevant. So, I am simply going to present my tools, and hope they help you find your path through the coronavirus crisis incubation-tunnel to feeling content with your educational efforts. These tools are the product of my lifelong creativity education practice, working in gifted institutes and in diverse educational settings, and of thorough up-to-date research. So let's dive right in.
What does it mean to make an environment for exploration? Easier said than done, I know. And for each of us it might mean doing different things. But there are general things to concentrate on. For that check out the Creative Environment Check List. Post it in class as a constant reminder, so students will look at it often. Invite ideas on how to implement it. Let these ideas pop up at their own time. You cannot force creativity.
The children need us now to promote their strengths. Otherwise their weaknesses dominate their behavior. To grow learners' growth, identify students' potential & fill gaps to fulfill gifts. Check out this check list. It will run you through discovering the kids’ individual strengths and outlining a plan to foster them. It will become clearer how to help. You will identify your students’ points of strength. And yours. This tool will help you grow your power as an educator who is there to raise happiness and confidence. If you are a grandparent, do it for your grand-kids to better understand them. Kind words that touch the right spot in a grand-child’s heart could do wonders.
You may have the best intentions but discover your efforts do not work. Open-up to a new educational paradigm to become a 21st century educator! It might be that the educational concept engraved in your mind from your own childhood is blocking your success to help nowadays kids prepare for their future. Become aware of this blind-spot and embrace a new educational concept, so things become easier.
You might need to overcome difficult moments in order to model care and optimism. Check out The Releasing Anger Tool. You can use it to help kids release anxiety, too. Then there will be room for productive learning.
To empower yourself, take a moment to fill yourself with energy in order to be there for the kids. Check out The Empowering Tool toward Engaging with Energetic Kids. Heartwarming nature and women paintings will take you on a quick journey to being at your best. Exercise it until by just taking a deep breath and thinking of the paintings, you’ll be right back on your feet. This tool will help you enter class or start online-class grounded and energetic.
During the stimulating teacher training's workshop replay of the Get Creative plan, I engage participants with this inspiring and calming visualization. You're most welcome to check it out.
Check out The Pearl Expressions for Creative Conversations. Share this PDF with your students to provide them with sentence starters building constructive attitudes in a community of learners.
You may wonder how to push children into making their own original educational products. How about using a simple visual kit to run them through this challenge? Check out this creative teaching tool to help you focus students during abstract processes of PBL. It can also be used to see how the children are dealing with new learning material - as productive evaluation. Then you can provide advice on how to continue the learning process. And finally, it's a great problem solving tool - for adults, too.
Finally, to establish a 21st century learning environment take a look at this research-based best practice tips tool! It provides applicable advice on the best approach regarding all that take part in adopting new strategies, for best results. You will learn what to avoid and what to do during the dynamic change taking place in our uncertain times. It is a simple table, that gives you a holistic view on how to make change work.
Before we part, here's some inspiring poetry:
When a Boy and a Girl Crossed Paths / Michelle Korenfeld (C)
“The pathway is vague. To where does it lead? Will I break a leg? I'm nervous indeed.”
“Just follow the sense of the flower in my hand.
Don't let common sense make this journey end.
“One little step, and one little more. Follow the odor; let it fill up your core.
“Without even noticing you've taken a leap. The fruit of your talent ready to reap.
“Just know that the flower is always there, Leading you with care to flourish and share.”
I hope this article served to inspire you. I know there is a lot going for teachers now that this unprecedented school year is about to end. But let's leverage it for the best.
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Lifelong creativity educator, 21st century learning curriculum developer, Amazon author, painter and poet.