This quote resonates with creative innovators, artists, designers… just everyone who notices their gift. This quote is especially significant to me because I heard it first during a presentation by educator Niharika Kabra, Academic Head – Audit and Training, Potter’s Wheel Education Services, Hyderabad, India.
Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. Then when you hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with dry, uninspiring books on algebra, history, etc. Being suddenly hit years later with the ‘creative bug’ is just a wee voice telling you, ‘I’d like my crayons back, please.’ Hugh Magnus Macleod
My Keynote at the International Symposium on Developing Schools Creatively in Hyderabad, India occurs later today!
The topic is Creativity Trends in Education.
Not in the vicinity? You can join the live tweeting at this hashtag #CCETrends
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A sad ending as January turns to February. Mary Oliver, poet of exquisite detail and reverence for nature, died on January 17. For over five decades Mary Oliver’s poems served as snapshots of the natural landscapes and rhythms of life.
Take a minute, or two, or two hundred, and nurture yourself with Mary Oliver’s poems.
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
“Said the river: imagine everything you can imagine, then keep on going.”
“The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.”
“Ten times a day something happens to me like this – some strengthening throb of amazement – some good sweet empathic ping and swell. This is the first, the wildest and the wisest thing I know: that the soul exists and is built entirely out of attentiveness.”
“You must not ever stop being whimsical. And you must not, ever, give anyone else the responsibility for your life.”
“Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable.”
“To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.”
“When it’s over, I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.
When it is over, I don’t want to wonder
if I have made of my life something particular, and real.
I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened, or full of argument.
I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.”
Previous posts referencing Mary Oliver from this blog
We returned from #CCEFinland to full-out fall leaves courtesy of a sudden freeze while we were away. Keeping to our presentation theme of #HarnessingImagination, we brainstormed some lesson ideas while we raked the leaves and gathered components for our Thanksgiving centerpiece.
Teachable Moments, like turkey giblets, are never wasted. For a STEM connection, I can use the photos along with information from ESF State University of New York to form the basis of a ThingLink scavenger hunt on the science behind why leaves turn different colors in fall. ThinkLink Inc. is a Finnish-American in-image app created in 2010 by Ulla Engeström and Janne Jalkanen. Depending on time limitations (and how compelling the Black Friday sales are), I can ask students to either complete the Scavenger Hunt that I create or they can add their own components.
Question 1: What design elements would you add to this lesson?
Question 2: What standards does this lesson address?
Please leave a comment with your ideas.
The leaves transformed the lawn to a carpet of color. For a STEAM connection, I can use the photos of the multi-color lawn as a palette for student composed poetry/haiku. After reading and discussing the technique of haiku from the Australian Writers’ Centre, student teams can take turns writing alternating lines of the poem or haiku. Alternately, students can choose to work solo on their poem/haiku.
Question 3: What design elements would you add to this lesson?
Question 4: What standards does this lesson address?
Please leave a comment with your ideas.
Tomorrow’s post will feature the STEM lesson Thinglink deliverable. Click here to view.
All of the outside color found a place on our Thanksgiving table with our Fall Centerpiece of Safflower blossoms, garden parsley, rosemary, and chives. A little glitter spray paint glammed up some of the outside English laurel leaves.
Australian Writers’ Centre, (2018, April 19). 19 Haiku poems about Autumn. Retrieved from
College of Environmental Science and Forestry, State University of New York (2018). Why Leaves
Change Color. Retrieved from: https://www.esf.edu/pubprog/brochure/leaves/leaves.htm
All photos by Teague
V.I.T. (Very Important Tweet) from my Twitter Feed:
NATIONAL CREATIVITY DAY
Let your imagination go on May 30th for National Creativity Day!
Whether you are an artist, writer, musician, filmmaker, blogger, photographer, graphic artist, or any of 100 other creative personalities, the world is going to celebrate you and your creative pursuit. Give your students, your friends, and your family an invitation to fly their Creativity Flag! Wear your creativity on your sleeve with a colorful outfit!
Click over to the website http://NationalCreativityDay.com for interviews, articles, and strategies for becoming more creative and building creativity into your daily life.
Use #NationalCreativityDay to share on Social media.
HISTORY of National Creativity Day
Hal Croasmun and ScreenwritingU founded National Creativity Day in 2018 to celebrate the imaginative spirits everywhere and to encourage them to keep creating.
This week’s Ed. Quote is in honor of my creative daughter, on her birthday!
“Electricity is not only present in a magnificent thunderstorm
and dazzling lightning, but also in a lamp; so also, creativity
exists not only where it creates great historical works,
but also everywhere human imagination combines, changes,
and creates anything new.”
~Lev Vygotsky, 1930/1967, cited in Smolucha, 1992, p. 54
Quote Source: Smolucha, F. (1992). A reconstruction of Vygotsky’s theory of creativity.
Creativity Research Journal, 5(1), 49-67.
Our Images of Aging Photo Contest drew many entries in the categories of Black & White, Color, and Mobile. This year our Mobile Category had the most submissions with 21 entries. Awards were presented today at the Images of Aging Recognition Luncheon at the Williams Performing Arts Center to our gifted photographers.
Students, Please consider joining this elite group of photographers from all disciplines who appreciate the older adults in their lives and enjoy the digital photography! Faculty, please consider encouraging your students to submit a photograph to next year’s Images of Aging Contest.
All who entered are winners because they captured a moment in the lives of aging adults. Here are the photos of the judges choices in each category.
Category: Black & White
Special thanks to Donna Hester, from the Department of Theater, for her help with our luncheon and photograph staging. For the Images of Aging Photo Contest, gifted ACU students across campus were encouraged to take and submit photographs that included at least one person who is 60 years of age or older.