Teacher : What are you drawing?
Little girl: I’m drawing a picture of God.
Teacher: But, nobody knows what God looks like..
Little girl: They will in a minute.
This is one of my favorite stories and it is from Sir Ken Robinson’s ‘Do schools kill creativity?’ talk.
I know you are just a blog, but have you ever wondered why we don’t get the best out of people? In that talk I mentioned above, Sir Ken Robinson argues that it’s because we’ve been educated to become good workers, rather than creative thinkers. Students with restless minds and bodies — far from being cultivated for their energy and curiosity — are ignored or even stigmatized, with terrible consequences. “We are educating people out of their creativity,” Robinson says.
After watching the video, I promised myself not to let it happen with me. I promised myself to encourage my students to think out of the box, to give them the freedom to express themselves and such things that lead you the way to the creativity..
And honestly I’ve been good at this so far.. But.. the other day while I was walking along the corridor at the school, I saw this poster which reminded me an incident happened 2 months ago.
And this is our story with my little girl..
Teacher- (Me) : So this baby can lift a car but she can not go to WC?
Little girl: Yes, she can’t also talk.
Teacher- (Me) : But ..umm.
Little girl : But you said we could write whatever we wanted to..
And she was right. I had nothing to say.. And at that very moment I remembered Sir Robinson’s talk..
What was I doing?! Just because I think it is weird or not possible, I can’t tell that it can not BE..
Dear blog, why did I share this one with you? Well.. the answer is quite easy. I want you to remind me to LET my students be creative..
This is the last week of the winter holiday and next week we will start the second term. I’ve been searching online and reading some books to do some extra and fun activities with my young learners. I was so concentrated on ‘WHAT TO DO’ and that made me forget about the ‘WHAT NOT TO DO‘ part..
But the poster.. It played its role just on time before the term started and now I will more concentrate on what not to do..
Well, I guess this is it..
Good night, don’t let the bedbugs bite!
If you haven’t yet, here is the animated work of the talk.. Fantastic!