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#38390 Teaching Creativity?

Posted by morah on 07 July 2013 - 07:25 PM

As a teacher of elementary age children for more than 20 years, I can unequivocally state that I have never met a young child who couldn't express creativity in some fashion given the proper environment and tools. Some children express themselves through various art mediums, some through music, or dance, or creative writing or story telling. Others are creative thinkers, players, or problem solvers. If the children are given the proper tools, taught the basic skills required, and given a lot of time and space and encouragement, they will exhibit wonderful creativity. On the other hand, if they are told in a very rigid fashion what they need to do and/ or shown one specific sample of what the end product must look like, or if they feel that they will be judged (graded) in a narrow fashion,  or if they are rushed, many children will simply shut down that part of their brain and try to comply to adult expectations. Other then the few children who are so extreme that their creativity can't be quashed, many of these children will turn into the adults we all know who claim that they can't be creative.And that is a real shame.

#20413 when can I open my kiln?

Posted by morah on 09 August 2012 - 07:06 PM

Thanks John. Maybe I'll give the camp director a copy of what you wrote. If a bigger kiln would really save energy he might consider it- dollars and cents speaks.

I just wanted to give you all an update: I spoke to the camp director and mentioned all of John's points and he asked me to look into the cost of adding a ring to my existing kiln! Of course I immediately got him the info. It isn't cheap, but definitely less then another kiln. He didn't say no outright, so I am hoping. I'll try to keep you posted!