In Praise of Creativity…(Part One)

Let's test that little theory... Today, we have a guest post from Chaz Pugliese, a teacher-trainer and musician (he plays a mean blues tune or two) based in Paris. Chaz and I met in Istanbul a few months ago and when I learned his “passion” was allthingscreativity – I just had to ask how he felt about blogging! I’m glad I did. Take a read – feel free to contact him at chazpugliese@gmail.com. He’ll be back soon with “Part İki”…

“I’m not teaching them to draw, I’m teaching them to see” .Isn’t learning a language, too, a way of learning to see anew? I would venture to say that enhanced seeing and feeling are the real reasons to create, whether it is an exercise, a song, a haiku, or a brand new thought.
  1. What is creativity?

  2. Why should I bother?

  3. How can I become more creative? What is creativity?

  1. Cherish the company of creative people around you. Engage them in conversation, ask questions, tease them.

  2. Seize the moment. Always keep a notepad and a pencil ready. When an idea strikes, don’t EVER brush it aside thinking you’ll remember it later. You won’t. That’s not the way our brain works, once that synopsis is gone, it’s probably gone forever.

  3. Is there a time of the day that seems to be conducive to better thinking? If so, try to stick to it.

  4. Don’t be disappointed if what had seemed a great insight doesn’t lead to much. Put it on the back burner, you’ll come back to it later. Sometimes an idea needs a good incubation period. Nurture it, take it apart, play around with it. Play, play and play.

  5. Take baby steps. You’re not out there to blaze new trails, or revolutionize the ELT world. Just keep telling yourself that every little bit helps. Fail, but fail better each time, to quote Beckett.

  6. Value feedback, but believe in what you do and persevere. Charlie Parker was mercilessly booed off the stage for playing something new. Negative reactions didn’t stop him from pressing ahead and become the greatest jazz musician who ever lived.

  7. Take sensible risks. Remember: learners like to be surprised, but they certainly don’t like to be shocked. So here’s what I’d like to see:  creativity training in ALL Teacher Training programs, from the newly-initiated or the inexperienced all the way up to MA level!

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