ESL school teachers often have a difficult mission ahead of them. They are tasked with making learning fun and interesting for a wide range of students from a number of different backgrounds with different education levels. It can be tough for some teachers to think of new and creative ways to engage students and enhance their learning experience. We have a number of suggestions you can apply to your classroom.
No matter what field you are in, there are several elements of creativity that are common across educational environments. An ESL school or any other would enjoy new ideas with creative implementation when teachers are open to new ideas, think outside the box, and get out of their comfort zone. Most of us find inspiration when we are relaxed. This may involve taking up a new hobby, meditating, or discovering a new passion.
Some teachers think that creativity just happens. Most experts and artists would argue this is opposite of the truth. It is important for ESL school teachers to set aside time for creative thinking. It is also important to nurture ideas, silence your inner critic, and carry a notebook to keep track of bright ideas as they spring to mind.
The most successful teachers are those who truly love their jobs and enjoy teaching English to their students. When you love what you do, you will naturally find new and exciting ways to improve the process and help your students retain the information. Celebrate successes and learn from prior mistakes. Explore all possibilities and suspend judgment. From there, the ideas will flow and nurture a supportive classroom environment that is conducive to learning.