Updated: 6 days ago
"I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn." Albert Einstein
Now 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 corona virus crisis incubation tunnel to feeling content with your educational efforts.
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 my Creative Environment Check List. Post it in class as a constant reminder, so students will look at it often and to invite ideas on how to implement it. Let these ideas pop up at their own time. You can’t force creativity.
The children need us now to promote their strengths. Otherwise their weaknesses dominate the interaction at home. To grow learners' growth check out The Identifying Gifts and Fulfilling Potential Kit. It’s like a check list, but a thorough one. It’ll run you through discovering the kids’ individual strengths and outlining a plan to foster them. Then it will be clearer for you how to help your children. It’ll help you identify your students’ points of strength. And yours. It’ll help you grow your power as an educator who is there to raise happiness and confidence. If you’re a grandparent, do it for your grand-kids to better understand them. Kind words even from far that touch the right spot at a grand-child’s heart could do wonders.
You may have the best intentions but discover your efforts do not work. Check out The paradigm Shift Tool. 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. Open-up to a new educational paradigm and become a teacher-mentor-facilitator.
You might need to overcome difficult moments in order to model care and optimism. Check out The Releasing Anger Tool. You can also use it to help the kids release anxiety. Then there will be room for productive creativity.
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.
Check out The Pearl Expressions for Creative Conversations. Share this pdf with your students to provide them with sentence starters and for a constructive attitude.
You may wonder how to push children into making their own original educational products. How about using a simple coloring pages kit to run them through this challenge? The Product-Based Learning, Reviewing Progress and Creative Problem Solving Tool will help you do that. 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, take a look at the Research-Based Best- Practice Tips to Handle Change and innovation in Education. This tool provides applicable research-based 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 best practices to embrace during the dynamic change taking place in our uncertain times. It is a simple table that enables you to see all the people and team mates that take part in education innovation. For each it recommends the best practices, research based. So it will give you a holistic view on how to make change work.
Before we part, here's some optimistic 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 all this helps you connect with a love for the challenge of raising creative thinkers.
Let me know if there is anything more I can help with.