How teaching can lead to finding your muse
“THE TEST OF A GOOD TEACHER IS NOT HOW MANY QUESTIONS HE CAN ASK HIS PUPILS THAT THEY WILL ANSWER READILY, BUT HOW MANY QUESTIONS HE INSPIRES THEM TO ASK HIM WHICH HE FINDS IT HARD TO ANSWER”
Taking the opportunity to help others learn will help kick start your creativity allowing you to bust through the barriers of mental stagnation and pursue new avenues of thinking. Engaging those you are teaching and listening to their feedback can help you better understand the subject you are teaching and inspire you down new creative paths.
Today, the title of “teacher” may not hold the same prestige as “Doctor”, “General” or “President and CEO”, but throughout history, teachers have done more good that most other professions put together. To teach means pass you knowledge onto others. Teachers are responsible for keeping the flame of knowledge burning and most cultures hold teachers in the highest esteem. Jesus and Mohammed were not only called prophets but also teachers. The great minds who helped shape western thought such as Plato, Socrates and even Marcus Aurelius were also inspired teachers who past their knowledge down to others. To teach is to learn how to be creatively inspired.
Whether you are showing someone how to navigate Excel or teaching conversational English to a small group of adults, teaching can be a tremendous inspiration that will help you unlock your creative chest. The preparation involved becoming teacher can help you organize all of your knowledge and ideas about a subject in order to pass it on with ease. In order to properly prepare, you will need to put yourself in the shoes of your students and allow yourself to see from their perspective. This could help you see the subject in a new light.
Engaging students can help you see different perspectives of this same subject and address questions and ideas you did not previously see. This is why in order to gain inspiration from teaching it is necessary to actively engage your students. Engaging in discourse and encouraging feedback from students will help both teacher and student to learn. Questions that you have never thought of may be brought up allowing for new avenues for creative exploration.