About the Author
I was born in Italy, but Paris has been my home for the last 18 years. Prior to that, I lived in the Czech Republic, near Prague, in very interesting times, in the US, and in the UK. I hold a MA in TESOL from Sheffield Hallam University.
I can’t remember how I became interested in teaching: I wish I could say teaching is some sort of vocation, that I’ve always wanted to be a teacher. Not so. My parents wanted me to be a lawyer, and I simply hated the idea. I threatened them to pursue a career in music, so in the end they settled for a teaching career. My first teaching experience wasn’t as a language teacher, though, but as a guitar teacher. I had an ad in a local paper and I’d found three students who had seemed very eager : they each took two lessons but they never came back. I guess it must’ve been because I had no idea how to teach. I could play the guitar, and was fairly knowledgeable, but that clearly failed to impress my students. My first proper teaching job was in a huge amphitheatre teaching Ethiopian refugees on their way to Canada. They were illiterate, so I had to look for ways to get the language across to them. None of the things I’d studied in my Celta course was useful, and I think this is when I began to think that creativity, perhaps more than anything else, is the teacher’s best friend.
What do I like about teaching? It’s by far the emotional energy and that feeling of membership you get when you share a teaching/learning experience with a group.
In my free time (very little, in fact) I like to stay home, play with my two wonderful kids, bake chocolate chip cookies, and just watch them grow (the kids, not the cookies).
I also play jazz and blues guitar in a band here in Paris.
Being Creative is my first book.
The challenge of change in the classroom
Chaz's Recent Blog Posts
Hello friends. First of all, let me tell you how much I’ve been enjoying the conversations. So, thank you for making your voices heard here. I guess I should clarify at this stage, what I’m talking about when I’m talking about creativity. Leading creativity researchers like Howard Gardner distinguish between creativity and Creativity. The former [...]
Hello. What triggered my interest in creativity and language teaching was a study I conducted some years back. I asked some colleagues A. what motivated them to teach and B. what made them stay in this field (given the hardships). I must say I was surprised to see that for many, having a go at [...]
Hello. The quickest and easiest way to get into creative thinking has always been for me to take an old idea/exercise and try to come up with as many variations as I possibly can. This is what researchers call association, or combinational creativity . Here’s how it works. Let’s take ”Simon says’ as an example [...]