From conserving to conversing

Our children live in a world of overwhelming diversity. They are surrounded by messages. When we were kids, there were still basic truths we grew on. The post-modernistic eclectic world is confusing.

On the one hand, this pluralism nurtures today’s children to draw on creative ideas. Do you too feel that children today have an overwhelming bright thinking? But there's the other side of the coin. Pluralism can lead to feelings of dread. In both cases, it is vital to converse with the students about what’s on their minds.

Our challenge is to find time for those conversations. To do that we must infer that being an educator that is humane, rather than just a tool for passing on knowledge, is a priority.

I know everyone is sure he/she found the remedy for education. Conversation is probably not the only cure. But if you try it with your students or kids, you’ll see their thirst.

There’s so much going they need someone with whom to talk about. Make it all reasonable. Find a sense of meaningful existence within the overflow that is like a vacuum. We can’t overlook the need for a directing adult, and just teach.

Please also remember, conversation is not only talking with the students about things you see as important. You won’t know what they need your guidance about until you’ve listened.

Kids today are full of creative ideas, nurtured by the diversity. I am afraid of what will happen if those ideas are never voiced. Will the ideas be directed to negative actions? Will the children simply stop thinking?

Let creativity bring color to learning. Converse to put order in young

minds, directing towards fruitful creative thinking.

I know it is hard, we have the tendency to conserve our

routines and teaching methods.

Yet conversation is not a new method.

We have been practicing it all our lives. We're humans. And humans converse: communicate, share experiences, express feelings.

Be not just a teacher, but an educator.

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Creatively yours,

Michelle Korenfeld


© 2017 by Michelle Korenfeld, Raising Creative Thinkers.