Einstein may have been known for his Theory of Relativity but as we read in his biography (by Walter Issacson): “…his success came not from the brute strength of his mental processing power but from his imagination and creativity.”
“Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.”
” To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.” Albert Einstein
MYTHS ABOUT CREATIVITY
My journey through movement, talking with people, teaching families and children, speaking at conferences, allowed me to discover 4 myths about creativity:
- I am not creative. It is in you or it is not!
- We are all creative – we create every day as we plan for our day! We learn not to be as we grow up as there are less and less opportunities created to explore it – focus being more on performance.
- How can I teach a 3 year-old to create?
- Reverse it: how can a 3 year-old teach ME? Do you believe in their potential?
- Other than dance, movement and kids’ yoga are not really creative.
- Because it is kids, because it is movement through PLAY , because yoga is experience-based requiring exploration = highly creative
- Creativity is about the arts, paintbrushes and crayons.
- We create poses, we create ways to breathe like animals, we create Sun and Moon dances, we create ways to play, we transform popular games into new games, we create ways to do our angles in math, we create ways to solve a problem, well Einstein came up with his theories using his creativity and imagination! Need I say more???
15 years ago, I did not think I was creative at all. Over the course of teaching preschoolers however , I re-discovered the power of creativity in my life and the more I explored it, the more it multiplied.
As a person, it felt good, empowering, it created space/freedom to explore, it allowed a new confidence to try and engage in new forms of creation through arts and movement.
As a teacher, new possibilities emerged, new ways to teach, new ways to learn, that honour children in who they are and what they love. Their response was phenomenal.
More importantly, I felt I moved from TEACHING to SHARING WITH children.
The primary goal of every teacher/educator should be the JOY OF LEARNING through wonder and freedom. Freedom and wonder can be found in movement through play and creativity, adaptable to subjects and topics. For that joy will create:
- Inspiration due to meaning = dive deeper in the experience
- Diving deeper leads to concentration
- This concentration because it is fun leads to lower stress and relaxation
- Focusing on holistic learning first will naturally lead to academic learning.
“I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.” Albert Einstein
Your imagination station awaits.
BE WHAT YOU SEE: Here is a sunflower, what other images/feelings does it bring up within? How could you use your body to become one, become what it represents? Could you do this with a partner? Try, and try again..no agenda, no fixed results, just exploration!
Since Play = meaning for children (their favourite mode of expression) while being the seed for creativity, WHY NOT PLAY MORE TO CREATE MORE!!!
“Play is the highest form of research.” Einstein
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