Most people think that designing materials is tiring and time consuming.And others assume that it’s impossible for them to do that because it needs experts.
Personally, I have started designing hand-made materials a few months ago, then I decided to deign printables and so I started trying.I’m a beginner right now but I’m on my way to get better.All you have to do is to be brave to take risks and to think differently.Nothing is impossible where there is a will just believe in what God the Almighty has given you. You are talented, no one is better than the other, it’s a matter of finding your own potential then opening the door of courage.
To be a good material designer you need to have your success recipe:
1 cup of change with 2 cups of passion and mix well then add a spoon of research with two spoons of inspiration and stir. Finally, break an egg of generosity and add a pinch of openness..
1.Be the change:
This saying is one of my favourites, it shows how important to be open to change. Never freeze in one place and wait for others to change . In other words,as a teacher don’t wait for administrations and local authorities to provide you with what you need to do your job. Most of the time, we don’t get access to the simplest materials that we need at school.Many teachers say that it’s not their duty to use their own money and buy staff for their learners. Others are chained to coursebooks and became slaves.They don’t change anything despite that it doesn’t do good to their learners. Others, keep repeating we are tired, we work more and we get less. I do agree with all, but it’s not what our religion has asked us to do. Islam is a great religion , it taught us how to perfect our work and not just do it. Being at school daily without being absent is a good work but if we don’t give it the necessary attention then it’s not perfection. A good teacher shouldn’t surrender to the circumstances of life, he has to be a gladiator.He needs to fight all obstacles, sacrifice time and efforts(without forgetting life priorities). Once he wins his own battle, he raises the flag of change. The positive change that leads to great achievements.You are not an ordinary teacher, you want to leave a footprint in this life and a personal touch on your learners futures.Bear in mind that after several years, learners will remember you and they will speak about you so make a good picture that you’ll be remember for.Now you are brave to think out of the box, you are open to change, you decided to be different then you need the next step.
If you want to be a good designer then you need to be passionate towards the work you do. You need to be precise in the choice of the kind of materials you are going to make. If you love board games and you have a vision and creativity then you can go for it,if you like puzzles and word games then try it.If you like general printables then work for it.The choice is of crucial importance. Be sure that you will design simple materials at the beginning but later you will get better but to reach that you need the coming step:
3.Be a search engine:
To be a better designer you need to search daily.No one is born with knowledge of everything ,fact, he seeks to learn more about what he needs .The more you look for different strategies and ideas , the more you improve and the more you get better skills.There are plenty of ways to search, you have the vast ocean of information ‘internet’ with all its browsers, media and applications. Never stop learning and as we all know, we have to Seek knowledge from birth till death.We need to shed some light over this, searching doesn’t mean to copy others, it’s to learn from others but with a personal touch.Be unique in what you do to rank higher.You may ask yourself how can I create new ideas? then look down
To be unique in what you design, you have to get inspired. Inspiration is a bless from God and many people think that it’s a gift to be inspired. In fact, any person can use anything that comes his/her way and turn it into a masterpiece, it’s a matter o vision and practice. As a mother teacher, you can use any objects like kid wipers, cookies packet, and you turn them into creative materials. Sometimes being out ,stuck in the traffic, looking at the traffic light may lead you to think about ideas to teach colors and the list never ends.
Generosity is to be earned.Sometimes, you tell yourself, I have worked hard to design materials, I spent time, efforts and money to come out with unique products then I just give them for others. Many of these teachers don’t even leave a thank you note for you, they don’t even hit the like button. Here comes the spiritual part of the matter, don’t think of what others do just think of what God is going to give you in return.The Almighty will reward you sooner or later.
6.Be open :
Once you have published your materials, you need to get prepared for positive and negative feedback, don’t be sad or angry just look at the full half of the cup.Take these negative comments as a way to improve and get better, it’s through mistakes that we learn.Be optimist and never give up, keep going despite all.Nobody is perfect, we all succeed and fail , great people think of falling moments as experiences to be stronger. What matters is that you are brave enough to take risks and to try new things that others did not.
If you follow your success recipe you will be a good designer with God’s will at least in preparing your own teaching materials.
Thank you for reading, I hope that you have enjoyed my article, please leave us a feedback if you have any other ingredients that we need to add to our success recipe because there are many embedded ones.