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.
morahMember Since 22 Jul 2012
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I have been teaching elementary and early childhood age children in various capacities for more than 20 years. I began to teach ceramics about 3 years ago without having a clue what I was doing, though I quickly fell in love with it. I have been learning about ceramics ever since, though I still am newer at it than a newbie- if such a thing is possible. At this point I only do handbuilding- I am hoping to master that, or at least become proficient before attempting the wheel.
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