Greetings ACA/ICA Community,
Recently we celebrated our Professional Develop Day – LOFT (Learning Opportunities for Teachers). Creativity was selected by the school community as the theme for the day. Creativity is at the heart of our school. As you know creativity has many interpretations. It means different things to different people. What is creativity to you may not be the same as what constitutes creativity to your neighbor, friend, classmate, colleague, or peer.
Surely, creativity has a different meaning when you are five years old, ten years old, twenty years old, or now. It may also have a different connotation depending on your financial circumstances, political inclination, state of mind, or stage in life.
Creativity may be defined as the tendency to generate or recognize ideas, alternatives, or possibilities that may be useful in solving problems, communicating with others, and entertaining ourselves and others.
Some characteristics of a creative personality include:
· The ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships to create meaningful new ideas.
· The willingness, ability, and courage to create original thought, ideas,
· Having a great deal of energy.
· Creative people tend of be smart, yet naïve at the same time.
· A creative person has a combination of playfulness and discipline.
· A creative person can alternate between imagination and fantasy – and knows the difference between the two.
· The creative personality is remarkably humble and proud at the same time
· A rebellious and independent person is usually quite creative.
· Creative individuals are very passionate about their work and ideas.
Creativity entails looking at things from a different perspective. When ACA’s founding fathers had the vision for the Academy they had the creative idea that our school would be different in how it would teach and nurture students in Kuwait. They believed that there was a need for a school which offers an American curriculum within the framework of respecting the culture and values of the community. They believed in gender separation, while providing equitable education for all students. They believed that school’s role was not only to provide content and skills for the students within the school, but to provide the foundation for learning throughout their lives.
We encourage our students and teachers to find opportunities to see things from different perspectives and seek creative ways to deliver their lessons, to obtain greater achievements, and further foster the love of learning in everything they do.
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