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At Classy Threads we feel blessed to work with teachers. Teachers are on the front lines, every day, educating our children and making an impact on our world, one encouraging word at a time. They are always on display, being role models for the thirsty young minds who watch and listen, learning lessons both intended and accidental. As a teacher, there isn’t a lot of room for bad days. You need energy, enthusiasm, creativity and patience galore. We admire and respect you for your hard work and hope that what we do helps make your work a little bit easier. Thank you!!!
We want to hear about your favourite teacher and Petra and Shawn of Classy Threads are here to get it started. Read below for their stories as well as some articles about creativity in the classroom. May 30th is National Creativity Day but for our two favourite topics, teachers and creativity, one day just isn’t enough so we’re celebrating all month long!
Petra’s Favourite Teacher
I remember so many great teachers but Cap Tiege holds a special place in my heart. Through grades 6 – 9, Mr. Tiege taught me classes ranging from Phys Ed. to Science to Math. An intense, dynamic man, he demanded our attention and when it wavered, he had a number of creative ways to bring our focus back to him, including an ear piercing whistle. He made us laugh, often, and inspired us to learn. Math was my favourite subject and it was evident Mr. Tiege loved it too. He challenged me with extra questions, teaching me to push myself and persevere. He spoke about Engineering as a career he had been interested in and suggested it might be something I would enjoy. That comment stuck in my mind and eventually, I got a degree in Engineering. The skills and perseverance Mr. Tiege taught me contributed greatly to my success. Thanks, Mr. Tiege!
Shawn’s Favourite Teacher
Being creative for a living was always my dream and as a teenager in the late 90s, it sometimes seemed far fetched. Mr. Gibson taught me the power creativity has in our world and the many forms it takes in everyday life. He helped me believe in myself and my ability to be creative. Mr. Gibson was my English teacher and the only teacher in my High School who allowed us to call him by his first name, Scott. There are a lot of things I remember from his class but one quote I first heard from him has special significance, “know the rules well, so you can break them effectively”. These words had a deep impact on me and helped shaped my life as I grew into adulthood. 20 years after Scott’s English classes, many of the lessons I learned from him still stick with me. I have done well by breaking the rules effectively and Mr. Scott Gibson was a great inspiration for my success and creativity!
Promote More Creativity in your Classroom
What a challenge! Trying to think of ways to be creative and inspire creativity while teaching your students! We hope this great list of 19 ideas to promote more creativity in your classroom sparks some new ideas for you. https://www.canva.com/learn/19-ideas-to-promote-more-creativity-in-your-classroom/
Creativity is in Everything, Especially Teaching
Can creativity be taught? Sir Ken Robinson is an expert on creativity and his Ted Talk about creativity has been viewed over 50 million times . This great article has a lot of insight about creativity and dispels some common misconceptions.
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