Gratitude matters. I would venture to guess that the most rewarding moments in our lives are those in which we are able to stop, step out of the buzz, and notice our own joy. We can literally be grateful for the smallest of things - that first cup of coffee, a student asking if they could build a robot today, the surprise hug of a new relationship. Oprah and other self-help gurus encourage us to keep gratitude journals - maybe if we keep track of it in the good times the bad times won't feel so bad. I think there's some truth in this. I also think if it becomes about compliance and having to keep a journal it might lose it's flavor. I'm going to give it a shot though...with a slight twist. Creativity. I want to notice the moments others are pushing themselves out into the world and making stuff. I believe, more than most other things, that EDUCATION is THE MOST CREATIVE profession in the world. We are constantly creating, making, building, constructing, and designing. It's in our blood.
Until the last official teacher day (June 15), I'm going to celebrate these moments of creativity with #onecreativething. I'm going to write a quick blog about it and share it out. My hope with this experiment is to encourage those who are already aware of their creativity and encourage others to feel it too. I also know that when I pay better attention to the colors and scribbles, it inspires me too. Creativity is at the heart of innovation. I've been noticing how necessary creativity is in providing personalized learning for our students. We HAVE to create in order to transform learning environments. It's also become clear that April and May are tough months for feeling creative. It's time to celebrate it. Shout it out into the world. Touch it. Make it. Be it.
What are your most creative moments this school year? What have you made that you're super proud of?