A unique opportunity for our friends and colleagues in Northern Greece! Maria Theologidou will be delivering a workshop in Thessaloniki on Saturday, November 24, 2018 on Creativity in the exam classroom.
Would you like to take a sneak peek?
When teachers feel ready to step into the zone of creativity, they often see creative teaching and routine as being the two ends of a pole. We either need to transform or stay the same. It doesn’t have to be this way though. What we will explore in the workshop I will be delivering for Study Rooms and DES (Dietchi Educational Services) at the end of this month is how we can start the process of creative teaching through selective adjustment or adaptation of our teaching materials and our teaching practices.
We will start by acknowledging and embracing the context in which we teach – in this case our exam classes. This way we will see how we can take baby steps towards a different approach to teaching by adding creative touches to the exam tasks themselves. How can we for instance change part of a multiple choice or gap fill task? How can we break down the different components of the task? Can the order of information be reversed and what will happen in this case? etc.
We will then explore how these tasks can be extended. How can an exam-based reading task be used for other activities? How can a transformations task be used for speaking? etc. Although the focus of the workshop will be on the four skills assessed in exams (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking) this process will help us see how different skills can be combined and how we can maximise student involvement in the preparation process.
Finally, this will lead us to ways we can create tasks that will extend learning beyond our classrooms. Such tasks may seem unrelated to the exam tasks themselves, but actually build the exact same skills required by our students on the exam days.
The most important aim of the workshop though is to remind us all of the importance of viewing learning as a lifelong journey, one which does not stop at certificates or degrees but shapes and reshapes as we develop through life. Feeling able to make creativity a personal and by extension a professional habit can help us rediscover the magic of learning that is so easily lost in exam preparation environments.
Maria’s full article on Creativity in life and education can be found here.
For questions and to reserve a place visit www.des.org.gr or contact The Study Rooms 210-7717000.