Imagination is a mental action of shaping new ideas, or drawing new images or concepts of external objects not present to the senses. Now, due to the fact that no one out there can claim that the domain of teachers – teaching is an exact science, all doors are open to creativity thanks to the power of imagination. In fact, imagination is considered to be the most precious divine gift that any human can have. However, such imagination is likely to be kept unused and unexplored if we lead our life without a purpose.
Now, while teachers have a profession with the most noble and virtuous purpose, applying oneself to reach such an honorable purpose will take teachers ongoing efforts to embrace those high standards that raise them above the rest in order for them to be profound while seeing the unseen. As a result, teachers are given the sacred privilege to shape young minds while digging and spreading new and fresh ideas thanks to their savoir faire, their deep understanding of teaching and learning and most importantly their grandiose imagination.
Generally speaking, imagination remains the breeding ground of any creativity. In teaching, imagination is a must have feature. No teacher can survive teaching without the pushing power of imagination. Indeed, if you happen to be a teacher and you have never imagined yourself teaching in the most bizarre way just to wow your students and keep them interested in one way or another, then your imagination is either dead or buried within yourself deep down in your soul with no chance to rise unless you understand the might of imagination in the world of teaching and learning.
As a matter of fact, teachers with a prolific imagination are teachers who can switch themselves from being a teacher to being a student and vice versa in the blink of an eye. When teachers want to have a positive impact on their students with their teaching, imagining the scene before it happens is their only way that help them plan and refine their approach accordingly. Teachers with imagination ignite their students imagination as they teach. Actually, constructive learning is built with the power of imagination where the core of learning leads to the ownership of teaching.
Nevertheless, the majority of teachers pay less or no attention to the magic of imagination when it comes to teaching. They often ignore that they are addressing young minds full of imagination ready to fly to any destination provided that the means of flying is exciting and interesting. All those young minds are waiting for is for someone to tickle their imagination. When teachers activate their imagination in teaching, they create and whatever they create can be tested right away in the classroom where their students are begging for a challenge. While learners beg their teachers to challenge them in every way possible to learn, teachers to provide that challenge, have to be themselves beggars of imagination because teachers who lack imagination would certainly have hard time adapting in keeping themselves excited about learning and eventually about teaching .
In fact, one can easily compare a teacher without imagination to a dish without spices. They always say that people who eat non-spicy food are missing the essence of life. Similarly, when living a life void of imagination is like one is eating without tasting. Such life can be likened to a body without a soul or a car without an engine and even a computer without Internet. Still, while the majority of professionals may often lead an ordinary life dealing with their profession without imagination, teachers’ professional life would certainly turn to misery and despair when void of imagination. Teachers who took teaching as a career. Yet, their imagination remains barren and infertile, are unlikely to connect with what they teach nor who they teach.Teachers without imagination can rarely understand the pain of boredom in a boring class. Teachers without imagination turn into lecturers boring the mind before killing the soul. Teachers without imagination turn into containers containing empty content.
Finally, it is my belief that great teachers are beggars of imagination that allow them to be independent thinkers who perceive life in 3Ds. Thanks to that imagination, these teachers become experts in dissecting any content and organize it in a way students can build their knowledge from scratch mainly when it comes to languages. Plus, teachers are vivid researchers. They research to build their knowledge and create ways to transfer that knowledge with tact and intelligence. However, teachers who kept their imagination unexplored have to challenge themselves and turn immediately to beggars of imagination to reach a higher standard of creativity in the wonderland of teaching and learning .
This article was written by Yazid Rabahi