Updated: Sep 2, 2019
Educating today’s brighter than ever kids is challenging
to the point of despair. They are highly creative. Help them channel this cleverness into educational success. The key is connecting to your own creativity.
We are all creative. Some of us have a creative hobby. Others have a sense of humor, which means they come up with new perspectives. Some of us are very good at creatively solving problems. In my workshops, I just wait for the person that insists they haven’t got even one creative bone in their body. For me, the fact this person is taunting me means they have some curiosity driving them. This quality is the root of creativity.
From whichever point you connect with creativity, direct it to empower your educating techniques. Embrace the 5 E’s – 5 core practices for raising creative thinkers.
Use the 5 E’s to enrich your life:
Explore new fields of interest. Enrich yourself reading National Geographic, for example. You’ll gain respect for that from family and students.
Experience - Look for new experiences that inspire you and fill your heart. Choose a book that lights up your eyes. Go to the theater.
Examine – reflect about your days when you drive, or before sleep. Learn about yourself what drives you toward creative products. Those could be ideas and original thoughts or more tangible things.
Elevate - Find little things that elevate your life experience, like placing a flower bouquet next to the sink full of dishes.
Express - become a good conversationalist by enjoying what people say. The fact you have enriched yourself and reflected will show. You’ll have interesting things to say. Write in a journal. It’s great for putting order in the overwhelmed post-modernistic mind. Make it a habit at least once a week at the weekend, to farewell from last week and to open possibilities for the next.
Use the 5 E’s to enhance your educating techniques, too:
Explore - Tell children a story, show a video. Just celebrate their eagerness to learn about the world.
Experience – Use experiential teaching methods, like enacting a play. Try simple experiments. Google is full of ideas.
Examine - When the kids respond with insights and ideas, check them up together. Ask something to help them clarify.
Elevate – Converse with the kids about thoughts they drew on. Help them refine their ideas, taking them to the next level. Help them implement by producing creative educational products.
Express - Help younglings communicate what comes up as a mess in their minds. Give them confidence to express the examined and elevated products.
Creativity needs nourishment. We need to fill our mind, heart and soul with interesting things. Then let them incubate to sprout as new ideas. Enrich yourself and your children or students. Then let creativity unfold itself. Just let it happen. It will surprise you when the time is right.
Here’s a quick tip. If you’re a teacher using the 5 E’s for handling a school task, start in advance. At the end of a lesson say something inspiring about next lesson’s material. Ask the students a question, to start them thinking about it. Invite them to jot down their insights. Next class examine and elevate their ideas, inserting to the conversation what you need to teach. Then ask the students to cope with the task ignited by what they learned together with the ideas they developed in their minds.
If you need to help your child with homework, ask them to read the task and material when they are just back from school, maybe even on their way back. Coming home, they’ll let it incubate while eating and watching some videos or playing games. If ideas come to mind during this time-out, ask the child to jot them down. Sitting to do homework, the answers will be ripe in their mind, ready to be written. If the kid still doesn’t know what to write, tell them to let go and just let the pencil write by itself.
You might ask yourself why I gave this post the image of my ice-cream painting. Well, I took the advice of Andy Warhol. I once heard he needed something to boost his career. Someone told him: Paint something you love. He painted the dollar. So, I decided to paint ice-cream. Point is that little things we creatively connect to generate a big difference. Or is there another point?
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