Absolutely! At the beginning of each year, when assignments are tied to introductory concepts or processes, I always urge students to create "experimental bonus" solutions after completing the required work -- With these, we celebrate 'breaking the rules', taking one variable of the assignment and running away with it in a different direction (concept, or genre, or format, or medium). Unfortunately, even later in the year, I find that some students approach each new challenge by looking to see what their neighbor is doing -- a matter of confidence, of course; and for these kids, I nudge with wildly synectic 'what ifs' and celebrate even more joyously at each tiny departure or 'is it alright if I?--'. Yes! Yes! Yes! Consider yourself hugged! J. (I'm on Mardi Gras break, so too much caffeine and a bit of free morning time on my hands. Sorry for gushing.) You folks are a treat!
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