How Kleopatra Kalogerakou Transformed her Middle School Students into More Engaged Learners
Meet Kleopatra Kalogerakou
Kleopatra Kalogerakou is an English teacher at the first Experiential Middle School of Athens, Greece. Like many teachers, she was acutely aware of the need to do more to foster 21st-century skills in her students, and was looking for practical ways to do this. She was also looking for ways to motivate her students to learn, actively engaging and involving them in the classroom. All whilst accommodating diverse learning styles.
The Creative Classroom Solution
Kleopatra signed up to our Creative Classroom course in Greece based on our proven model for youth empowerment that combines experiential learning, group facilitation, and the arts. The program was made up of two 2-day trainings over the course of an academic year with time to apply the skills and gain feedback between in-person trainings.
The Impact in the Classroom
Kleopatra was thrilled to discover she could use creativity, self expression, and social and emotional literacy to increase her impact in the classroom and make learning more interesting.
“I have used several activities in my English language classroom,” says Kleopatra. “I used visual arts techniques and visualisation to express visions of a shared future. Role-playing activities and introducing music and dance also helped students to express feelings, ideas, likes, dislikes, and preferences.”
“Through Creative Classrooms I learned how to bring my artistic self back into play and create a more welcoming atmosphere for my students.”
As a result of the course, Kleopatra reports that her students are more eager to participate. She says that students are more comfortable in front of their classmates as they are less judgemental and more accepting of one another’s weaknesses and strengths. “I adopted and adapted Creative Classroom activities according to my students’ needs” she concludes “and the results have been incredible”.
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