What do you do to express yourself creatively? Do you have a hobby that you always come back to? Are you willing to try something new? How do get yourself to stay motivated and inspired?
Summer is a perfect time to be creative. Even if you are not good at something, you will probably enjoy the process. Besides, trying new things helps us to remember the feeling that many of our students have when we ask them to write, resolve problems or complete that project. Here are some ideas to try and to share:
Creating web pages
Sewing / knitting
Working with metal or glass
Solving puzzles and problems
Add your own….
I have a way to get students to express THEMSELVES creatively to their peers. I teach 7th grade computers, and as my first assignment to get to know my students and to get my students to know their peers, my first assignment is an “Introduction.”
In setting the stage for differentiated instruction, I give my students a few different avenues to choose from:
I inherited a Steinway Concert Grand piano that is over 100 years old. It is made of French mahogany wood and the instrument is in excellent condition. I love to sit at my piano and express myself creatively through music. I've played the piano since age 7 and later learned to play a pipe organ. Now that I have retired from full-time teaching, I have more time to enjoy my musical interest.
I enjoy writing poetry as well. I like taking the names of my friends and writing acrostic poems describing their personalities. I also take many digital photographs of family, friends, trips, and adventures. It's fun creating collages out of the pictures to have as a keepsake of an important event or experience.
I love to draw mountains and trees with birds in the sky. I used to study Geology as an undergrad and I loved all the field trips to Yosemite. When I feel the need to create, I like to think of the angles and lines the mountains form against the sky. Poetry is also pleasant, especially if it is about someone I really love. My theme is usually about faith.
Since I'm lucky enough to get paid to write creatively, I often find that my relaxation time is best spent simply playing with my kids and doing very routine things with them. When I see how little time some parents spend with their kids, though, I figure doing this is being somewhat creative in today's busy age.
I express myself by playing piano, writing short stories, and doing pen and ink drawings. I stay very busy with a full time job, (teaching) volunteer work (playing piano at nurshing homes and churches), being a volunteer fire fighter for the community, so down time is short and very valued.