Too many people are teaching without enthusiasm, says Minister of Education and Human Resource Development, Ronald Jones.
He was addressing participants at the closing ceremony of the Creative Writing Workshop hosted by the Media Resource Department this morning at the Ministry of Education, Elsie Payne Complex.
Jones said children were able to discern whether teachers were enthusiastic about what they were doing and it could affect them.
“If you walk into the classroom and you are doing some creative piece and they can feel everything dripping out of you and not pouring out of you to pour into them, they are going to be turned off. As human beings we are more than flesh. We carry emotions, we carry a spirit, we are beings so wrapped up in many diverse ways.
“As beings, we feel each other and sometimes we feel each other and get angry, sometimes we feel each other and we generate passion, sometimes we feel each other and generate love because of how it makes us feel,” he said.
Today 28 primary and secondary schools teachers were awarded for their participation in the three-day programme.
Jones emphasised that such professional development activity could lend itself to improved expressions in spoken word or written word, thus aiding them to become better teachers. He further noted that his ministry was in support of any future programmes and said once the MRD approached them with it, they would facilitate it.
The only issue Jones noted was that at the end of the workshop, because of the exemplary reviews, there should have been documentation on what was taught.
“When I saw the enthusiasm of these persons who were exposed to this workshop,” he said, “I would have loved for it be a week and, at the end of the week, especially if they do poetry or writing for children, that we could have had an actual book.
“Creative writing is not necessarily handled easily by so many persons. They do not themselves realise the depth of their own individual creativity and sometimes it has to be drawn out. It has to be tugged out. It has to be persuaded out of those persons then to realise that buried deep inside your souls is a whole level of creativity.
“Now you have to transfer the knowledge of creative writing to be creative teachers, the students before you must benefit from what you have been taught, from what you have learnt.”
Chief Media Resource Officer, Walter Maloney, said the workshop was mainly to enhance the presentation skills of the teachers. They were exposed to role play, the mechanics of literary writing, literary devices, poetry, methodologies, strategies, best practices and the best examples of the product of creative writing among other activities in the three days.
Maloney encouraged the teachers to not only apply and enhance what was learnt, but as well to share it with colleagues who were unable to participate in the session.
“Sharing is probably the most important thing you can do in teaching. Share and get them involved and, come next year, say to the minister that you would like a repeat of the workshop or make it a little bigger so that when I go to minister with the budget we can get a few more dollars, to put on a few more workshops and so we can touch more of you,” he said. (KC)