So this is the first post of what I hope to be an interesting journey (for me and you reading along!) as I leave the comforts of my corner office in the corporate world and embark on becoming a high school teacher. It’s been four months since I traded my high heels for ‘sensible’ flats and stepped into the pressure cooker that is ‘Teachers College’.
Reflection. A word and activity that has become a staple in the diet of pedagogies that we digest at rapid rates, so much so that I have started to reflect on, well, everything. Over the past couple of days I began reflecting on my career to date, how did I get to where I am?
Since leaving Art School 9 years ago I have merged and morphed my talents to map a career first in sales management then marketing and finally landing in design and development. Capitalising on my creativity at every twist and turn, I was able to achieve sales targets during the recession and then end up heading one of the UK’s largest marketing fulfillment campaigns (I don’t mean to sound cocky but a painting degree doesn’t exactly enlighten one to the nuts and bolts of campaign management!)
Apart from giving me the start of a headache what this has made me realise is that what had prepared me for life’s challenges so far was creativity – and I’m not just meaning traditional paint to paper creativity. I mean the ability to thinking creatively: problem solve, critically observe and use creative communication devices.
It’s made me think that maybe this is my challenge – how to foster creativity in my classroom?
I am yet to take over my own classroom however being a student teacher for the last four months has allowed me wide open access to various classrooms across two very different schools in Auckland. I have witnessed some amazing teachers sparking passion in their students like wildfire but that being said I have also seen some whose own light is only just flickering.
I now wonder, how do I ensure I keep my own flame ignited while battling paperwork, classroom behaviour issues while the clock counts down every hour? I think perhaps the answer is the same – creativity. Maybe creativity is like energy. It is never used up and just flows from one to another.