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Inspiring Creativity: Stories from Online English Teachers

Inspiring Creativity: Stories from Online English Teachers

Creativity empowers online English teachers to create dynamic, engaging, and effective learning environments that inspire student growth and success. Creative teaching methods captivate students' attention and make learning more enjoyable, leading to increased engagement and participation in online classes. In this blog, we've reached out to some of our innovative teachers to share how they infuse creativity into their online classes, igniting curiosity and sparking inspiration in their students. Prepare to be inspired as we explore the diverse ways our teachers harness creativity to elevate their teaching practices and discover valuable insights to enrich their online teaching journey.

Jacques S.

In my online classes, creativity takes center stage to enhance engagement and learning. I design dynamic and visually appealing presentations, incorporating multimedia elements to cater to various learning styles. Interactive activities, such as virtual discussions, collaborative projects, and creative assignments, stimulate critical thinking and foster a sense of community among students. I leverage online tools and platforms to create immersive experiences, encouraging active participation. Adapting traditional teaching methods, I integrate gamification elements, turning lessons into engaging challenges. By embracing a creative approach to content delivery, I aim to inspire curiosity and make the virtual learning environment as stimulating and effective as possible, ensuring that each online session becomes an opportunity for exploration and innovation.

Grace M.

I usually use my students as my main source of creativity, using their interests, goals and what may challenge them to tailor lesson content. Also, following the guidance from training may help you structure the content and mediate the impulse to be unproductively creative.

Joyce M.

Interaction. I think making the student/ learner comfortable is key and seeing them as a friend is essential. I love that and I think that makes the student ready and willing to participate and try. Creativity comes with conversations and getting feedback from the student.

Carol J.

Making the lesson meaningful to each student allows their voice and creativity to flow. Personalizing the material through engaging questions and connecting new language with students' current knowledge gives them a framework to grasp and play with the new language.

Patricia L.

Developing sensitivity to cultural diversity can help engage students in a Group Lesson. It is key to helping students interact with one another. If I briefly mention my long stay in China, or praise a special kindness I received in Kabul, or tell a student in Warsaw how much I loved hanging out in Old Town, I notice that students start tuning in. If new teachers haven't traveled much yet, we can spark a spontaneous interest in a country by remaining curious about their lives. One student in Spain told me how the New Year is celebrated by eating 12 grapes at midnight, which inspired others to chime in with their own customs. The lesson warmed up with a lovely quality of transparency shared among us. Use warm-up to help people appreciate one another.



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