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Dylan…More Precious Than Gold

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You ask any teacher why they became a teacher and the responses may vary from “I like kids”, I want to make a difference”, “I love helping students learn” and so on. Some even add all of the above to their reasons. For me it goes one step further. Teaching a person is a privilege. A gift that has been entrusted to me.

For many people teaching is what they can give students alone. For me, its is also what my students can enrich me with. Each and every child has something to share. Some naturally “fit into the norms and expectations”. Others, take longer to fit in. Some appear to never fit in. But all that tells me is that we haven’t looked close enough. That we haven’t allowed for enough avenues in our classrooms to let them shine.

I recently was introduced to a little 7 year old boy by the name of Dylan. Dylan is what I call “top shelf material”. Top shelf goods are the ones that were stored on the top shelf in corner store because they were so priceless and rarely found anywhere else that you needed to put them out of everyday hands reach. They weren’t found just anywhere.

Dylan is an amazing little boy. Dylan spends his days designing, modelling, researching and creating. Big words for a little boy of 7 but that is what he does. Dylan is a LEGO master builder. The photo in this post is of a boy’s creation called the “Running With The Dinosaurs” based on the running of the bulls in Spain. Yes, a 7 year olds creation! Most 7 year olds are still hearing about the words dinosaurs and bulls letting alone associating a cultural event with a LEGO making skill.

So as a teacher, I would see it as a privilege to be a part of Dylan’s world. This amazing little human being could have been anywhere on the planet. Instead, he is sharing a classroom with a teacher on a daily basis. This is where I see my role as a teacher being enriched by my students. Imagine having a 7year old artistic, problem solving little boy like Dylan in your classroom every day. Imagine the conversations you could have with him and the people he could influence. He is a creative engineer..yes, a creative engineer!

Dylan, I hope you know you are more precious than gold, a very, very special, amazing little human being! If I were your teacher and I had students like you in my classroom, I would consider myself the luckiest teacher on the planet.

Yours sincerely,

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Please note that this post was written with full permission from Dylan’s mother.

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Creativity and Imagination is Just Simply Learning in an Genuine Environment

ImageFor a couple of months now, I have been reflecting on the role of creativity and imagination in education (CIE).

I have looked at definitions and understandings by the experts and by the students. And I keep coming back to the same thinking..it is simply Learning in a Genuine Environment.

When we talk about creativity in education we don’t expect the master to come up in the equation. We don’t expect students to be gifted in some way particularly in some artistic way. But we do expect to see words which just seem like second language in a student’s natural world.

Are not words like risk taking, discovering, passions, motivation, flourish, innovative,engagement, collaboration, confidence , words of great capacity; words of great excitement; words of great authenticity?

These words are purely words that exist in a child’s real world. They exist in their everyday. Students may not be aware of ways to develop creative thinking or ways to format their innovative thinking, but the fact remains that creativity and imagination is not just in education but in the everyday world. Formal education is simply a means to develop and exercise this creativity. This exercise can lead to greatness in having an “original idea that has value” (Robinson, Sir Ken, 2013).

When a child picks up an insect in the garden and asks where it comes from and explores it environment are we not seeing real world creativity? When a student is driven to discover the amazing, the unknown and the known, the natural and the unnatural is this not creativity in learning in  our everyday, in our genuine environments?

To experience creativity a person needs to know creativity and when this happens, it will be obvious that so much creativity is simply using our senses to explore the world and engage our brain to respond in a non-linear manner.

It can be written in more documented form but the reality is Creativity and Imagination is Just Simply Learning in an Genuine Environment

 

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall- Reflection in Creativity and Imagination in Education

ImageThe term reflection seems to spring several understandings immediately. To reflect: to bounce back; to think about after the event; to evaluate; to question. All of which suggest an action after an event.

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