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Lesson Plans

encouraging creativity

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D Sterner (dsterner)
Fri, 22 Oct 1999 16:34:45 -0400

This applies to many instances when are encouraging children to be "creative"

I hear and I forget.
I see and I remember.
I do and I understand.
Learning by doing breeds creative thinking, self-expression and the confidence to experiment, control and
perfect skills. If the children of the stay-at-your-desk era...instead of being punished for their energy, had
been given interesting outlets - the art of spit balls would never have become the major creative pastime of
the public school system.

Learn the translation
"What will I do?" usually means...what CAN I do that won't be dirty, make a mess, waste materials,
get in your way or require me to wait (which is real punishment for a young child full of excited curiosity
and instant appetites).
"Will you show me how?" means...please stop, go slowly and make it clear so I can own this skill and
do it well, all by myself.
"Is this right?" means, is this as good as yours, or do I have permission to experiment and will you give
me approval even if it isn't just like yours.
"I did it!!!" means you have given me the the gift of myself - I need help finding me.

not my words....but from a book called "making things"

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