The Treasures Within us - made by students of Inova

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Presented on the 3nd meeting of the multilateral school partnership Our TRESAURES in Zagreb (May, 2011)

THE TREASURES WITHIN US – TALENTS, ABILITIES, CREATIVITY, IMAGINATION – We are all talented for something but our abilities, creativity and imagination need to be discovered and developed from the childhood through our school years and education. On that path we need understanding and support from our teachers who will help us become happy and successful human beings. Regardless of whether we are talking about our general intercultural ability, specific academic talents, creative or productive thinking, leadership ability, visual and performing arts or psychomotor ability, it is of great importance that teachers and educators find ways to bring creativity to the class every day allowing us, students, to be creative and imaginative and to be able to show all our talents in their full glory. In other words, we think that once brought into the class, creativity would eventually trigger all our hidden abilities turning us all into creative learners.

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The Treasures Within us - made by students of Inova

  1. 1. Private Economics High School INOVA THE T R EASURES WIT H IN US – T A LENTS, ABILITIES, CREATIVITY, IMAGINATION Theme 4
  2. 2. Private Economics High School INOVA <ul><li>… our TALENT S & ABILITIES : </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> paying attention to our passions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> observing the world around us </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> what makes us happy </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> what our friends & family notice </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>about us </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>- </li></ul></ul></ul>Discovering …
  3. 3. Private Economics High School INOVA <ul><li>… our family history for any: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li> artists </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li> photographers </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li> songwriters </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li> authors </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li> musicians </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>as talents tend to run in families </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>- </li></ul>Exploring …
  4. 4. Private Economics High School INOVA <ul><li> Hidden talents & developed interests </li></ul><ul><li> Sc hools & education – discovering & supporting our: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> talents </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> abilities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> creativity </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> imagination </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>- </li></ul>Childhood …
  5. 5. Private Economics High School INOVA <ul><li> General intercultural ability </li></ul><ul><li> Specific academic talents </li></ul><ul><li> Creative & productive thinking </li></ul><ul><li> Leadership ability </li></ul><ul><li> Visual & performing arts </li></ul><ul><li> Psychomotor ability </li></ul><ul><li>- </li></ul>Areas of Our Gifts & Talents !
  6. 6. Private Economics High School INOVA <ul><li> CREATIVE & TALENTED in various areas: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li> eloquent </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li> with affinity for foreign languages </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(English, German, Italian, French) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li> poetry & essay writing </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li> drawing & graffiti </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li> making photos </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- </li></ul></ul>Where Are We ?
  7. 7. Private Economics High School INOVA <ul><li> D ebate classes </li></ul><ul><li> O rganizing events – leadership </li></ul><ul><li> S ports achievements – swimming, skiing, skating, football, volleyball, basketball, tennis - scholarships </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- </li></ul></ul>What’s More...
  8. 8. Private Economics High School INOVA <ul><li> D iscouraging FACTS & STATISTICS – too many students: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> with not yet discovered talents & abilities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> afraid of being creative </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> scared of using imagination </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>CAUSES – education doesn’t suit students ’ needs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- </li></ul></ul>Our Findings
  9. 9. Private Economics High School INOVA <ul><li> Encourage students’ creativity </li></ul><ul><li> Experiment with new ideas </li></ul><ul><li> Always ask questions & investigate </li></ul><ul><li> Teachers should: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li> offer & provide choices </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li> avoid too many rigid rules </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>- </li></ul>What to do?
  10. 10. Private Economics High School INOVA <ul><li> CREATIVE THINKING through: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> research assignments </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> writing a paper </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> doing a presentation </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> performing experiments </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> using technology </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>- </li></ul>Encouraging
  11. 11. Private Economics High School INOVA <ul><li> Students are motivated to give their best </li></ul><ul><li> Friendly & convenient environment – students are comfortable enough to express their opinions & explore new ideas </li></ul><ul><li>- </li></ul>This Way
  12. 12. Private Economics High School INOVA <ul><li> Encouraging students to </li></ul><ul><li>EXPERIMENT & EXPLORE </li></ul><ul><li> Learning process – improved when students are challenged to seek answers and are therefore curious to discover and learn </li></ul><ul><li>- </li></ul>Next Step
  13. 13. Private Economics High School INOVA <ul><li> Fostering independent thinking – teachers should help & allow students to develop desire & ability to think on their own </li></ul><ul><li> INDEPENDENT THINKERS – make sense of the world based on personal observations & experiences </li></ul><ul><li>- </li></ul>Additionally
  14. 14. Private Economics High School INOVA <ul><li> Encouraging students to use their imagination the way through which people make sense of the world </li></ul><ul><li> DEVELOPING IMAGINATION: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> reading books </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> writing essays </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> encouraging discussions & creative thinking </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> painting </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>- </li></ul>Moreover >>>
  15. 15. Private Economics High School INOVA <ul><li> The older the students, the worse their imagination but not as they lack in imagination or creativity, but because they don’t have time to engage their imagination </li></ul>However
  16. 16. Private Economics High School INOVA <ul><li> Too many students missing out on developing & using their imagination in schools today </li></ul><ul><li> Teachers & educators – finding ways of bringing creativity to the class encouraging students to show talents at full glory </li></ul><ul><li>- </li></ul>Nevertheless
  17. 17. Private Economics High School INOVA <ul><li> More than just learning numbers & letters </li></ul><ul><li> BUILDING & STRENGTHENING students’ confidence & self-esteem </li></ul><ul><li> CREATING OPPORTUNITIES to spark students’ imagination </li></ul><ul><li>- </li></ul>Education…
  18. 18. Private Economics High School INOVA <ul><li>… need to: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> use technology </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> provide & secure higher levels of understanding </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> personalize learning environment </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> fit the individual students’ needs & interests </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>- </li></ul>Today’s Teachers…
  19. 19. Private Economics High School INOVA <ul><li> Using ICT triggers students’ interest for the subject due to their very good ICT skills & knowledge </li></ul><ul><li> Active learning process is achieved & created </li></ul><ul><li>- </li></ul>New Technologies
  20. 20. Private Economics High School INOVA <ul><li> LINKING, CONNECTING & OVERLAPPING of knowledge of various fields – triggering students’ hidden abilities turning them into </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>creative & self-confident learners </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>- </li></ul>Moreover
  21. 21. Private Economics High School INOVA <ul><li> UNDERSTANDING & SUPPORT from our teachers - crucial along the path of discovering & supporting all our talents, gifts, abilities, creativity & imagination turning us into </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>SUCCESSFUL HUMAN BEINGS </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>- </li></ul>In the End

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