Tuesday, 10 April 2012

I is for Ideas

I is for Ideas

I decided to write about ideas because I personally think that being able to think of new ideas for whatever project we are working on keep us motivated, engaged, and inspired to continue working in our fields of interest.
For me, when I worked in Prague teaching English as a foreign language to children and adults, most of the time I had to create my own teaching materials and activities. I often found this quite difficult, and I was searching for people with whom would share their ideas and suggestions. As time went on, I did manage to build up a little repertoire of materials. In fact, this was also the case when I taught in France, in two primary schools; I struggled along by the skin of my teeth.
Towards the end of my stay in Prague, I coined the phrase 'les idees sont les epices de la vie' which is French for 'ideas are the spice of life'. I put it in French becuase I was feeling in a French mood that day, plus I think it sounds quite intelligent in French. I still really do think it is true; ideas are new creations in their embryonic form. New creations bring about variety, and as we all know, 'variety is the spice of life'.
As I have been studying for my teaching qualifications, I have been noting down the ideas which I have learned about, and also conjuring up what as of now are my new ideas for the classroom. Not put into practice yet, but maybe some point soon I will try them out. If they don't work, I'll toss them out and work out what will actually work. If they do work, then share, share, share.
That's what ideas are all about. Well, most anyway. If you are stuck for ideas on whatever, then someone, somewhere will have a bucketful to share. Hopefully.


  1. Very true, and ideas shared tend to blossom and grow. I think I went off the spice analogy there... Um, like vanilla flowers, how about... (Sorry, it's been a long day...)


    1. Well.. any analogy works well! Vanilla flowers sound almost edible:)