Extracting the Juice (Part 1: Unleashing Language Teachers' Superpower)
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Extracting the Juice (Part 1: Unleashing Language Teachers' Superpower) Extracting the Juice (Part 1: Unleashing Language Teachers' Superpower) Presentation Transcript

  • Language teachers have a superpower. Do you agree?
  • IMAGINE… You‟re teaching in a school on a very remote island. No text book. Very limited resources.
  • You search through your box of materials and find…
  • Your challenge: Turn these into language learning materials. Use your superpower.
  • CREATIVITY – your greatest superpower.
  • Creativity is… an “imaginative process with outcomes that are original and of value.” (Sir Ken Robinson, 2006).
  • Creativity is… a “mental activity performed in situations where there is no prior correct solution or answer.” (Encyclopedia of Creativity, vol. 2, ‘Teaching Creativity’).
  • Teaching creatively Teaching for creativity
  • Teaching creatively teachers use their own creative skills to make ideas and content more interesting. Some of the great teachers we know are the most creative teachers because they find a way of connecting what they're teaching to student interests. ~ Sir Ken Robinson
  • Teaching for creativity the pedagogy is designed to encourage other people to think creatively. You encourage kids to experiment, to innovate, not giving them all the answers but giving them the tools they need to find out what the answers might be or to explore new avenues. ~ Sir Ken Robinson
  • “…all kids have tremendous talents and we squander them, pretty ruthlessly.” (Sir Ken Robinson, 2006)
  • “My contention is that creativity now is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status.” (Sir Ken Robinson, 2006)
  • Creativity in 21st Century Education “Creativity, ingenuity, and innovation are the keys to success in the evolving global economy.” (Henderson, 2008)
  • “I call the age we are entering the creative age because the key factor propelling us forward is the rise of creativity as the primary mover of our economy.” Richard Florida, The Flight of the Creative Class
  • What about exam?
  • The clock is ticking…
  • Expectation is high…
  • stress
  • workload
  • responsibility
  • risks
  • pressure
  • If you can turn these into language learning materials…
  • …imagine what you can do with these!
  • You have a superpower.
  • Extract the language.
  • Squeeze out the fun.
  • Let the creative juice flow…
  • Throw a party!
  • IDCA Model
  • I D C A nspiration efinition reativity cquisition James, C.C (2013)
  • Inspiration What inspires you? What inspires your students?
  • Personality Interests Aptitudes Style Ability
  • Definition What language area/s does the exam item test? What skill/s do you want to your students to focus on?
  • Content Skills Issues
  • Creativity How do you tackle the issues / problems? How do you make it interesting?
  • Pedagogy Materials Psychology
  • Acquisition Does learning occur? Why? Do you manage to solve the problem? What can you do to improve?
  • Assessment Analysis Reflection
  • The best teachers…are the ones who are able to think outside the box and put themselves in the mind-set of the children they teach. Ron Clark
  • “The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.” Kahlil Gibran
  • “I am not a teacher, but an awakener.” Robert Frost
  • Cynthia C. James (2013) „Beyond Chalk & Talk‟ http://cindyjbj79.blogspot.com Stay tuned for Part 2