Delta Publishing Catalogue

Being Creative

The challenge of change in the classroom


Author: Chaz Pugliese

ISBN: 9781905085330

Series:Delta Teacher Development Series

Being Creative takes you on a journey that reveals how all teachers have the potential to become creative. Whether you are experienced or new to the classroom, Being Creative allows your teaching to take flight. It shows that:

  • creativity, so often overlooked, is crucial to successful teaching
  • the creative potential of teachers can be developed
  • creativity will almost always bring changes for the better

Being Creative contains three distinctive parts A, B and C which focus in turn on theory, practice and development:

Part A:

Looks at how definitions and concepts of creativity have developed in history and demonstrates how this links with current thinking on creative practice. In particular, it looks at Creativity and Teachers and Creativity and the Classroom, leading to a discussion about how creativity can be developed by appropriate strategies.

Part B:

Contains highly practical activities which can be added to the repertoire of any busy teacher. They follow the strategies outlined in Part A – simplicity, combinational creativity, playfulness and risk taking – and they all require little or no preparation, while adding excitement to any language classroom. Teachers will find the additional comments that accompany each activity particularly useful, providing rationales and inviting reflection.

Part C:

Looks at the challenges of bringing change to the classroom, helping teachers to overcome some of their fears and resistance to creativity. There are exercises to do alone or in teacher development workshops so you can continue your journey towards creativity as part of your continuing professional development.

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1Contents.pdf70.75
2Introduction B.pdf84.94
3Introduction C.pdf41.72

Chaz Pugliese

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.