Is Creativity Practical?
So many of us have become downtrodden and cynical. We refuse to take off the blinders we put on our eyes. We refuse to look at the possibilities in our lives. We refuse to look at the possibilities of the children in the world and in our classrooms.
Doom and gloom is the practical approach to life and our children luckily don’t want to have anything to do with that perception of life. They giggle loudly when they create silly looking projects, cover their clothes with mud, or learn how to play hopscotch on a city sidewalk or in a school play yard.
Creativity oozes out of us naturally if we let it. We can’t force it. We can’t put it in a jar or box and make it come out at the perfect moment—when we have time or when it fits into the school day. So what is the solution to this dilemma?
It is time to allow creativity permeate the school day across the different subjects through a variety of approaches. The children learn more easily because generally creative approaches open up the right brain so a whole brain approach is alive and well all day long.
This gives the teacher an opportunity to feel engaged and enjoy teaching more especially if they can include exercises mentioned in Happy Teachers Happy Students, The Power of Intention, throughout the day.
Teaching is an art. Teachers have been the greatest artists throughout time. Their
Masterpieces dot the pages of humanity with the scientist, doctors, great thinkers, artists, inventors, philosophers, writers etc. Creativity is the lifeblood of the new and different way or path of being, thinking and doing. Questions like “What if…? “ or “Wouldn’t it be nice if…” seem to spur the mind to think of a multitude of possibilities. These possibilities can be in all fields of thought, work or subjects. Being locked into the concrete way of looking at life has a numbing affect on the body, mind and spirit.
Try to write in your daily journal and have a section called Wouldn’t it be nice if… Let your dreams, hopes, and wishes unfold slowly, safely and hopefully onto the pages and teach your students to allow themselves to dream safely on paper. Daydreaming is productive. Take time to do it yourself and teach your students that you support their dreams.