Tagged with Risk taking

Gerbil Uncurled: When the Rules Don’t Work

Gerbil Uncurled: When the Rules Don’t Work

In our family, road trips mean exploring bookstores. So, naturally, our holiday travels meant time to discover new resources for children of all ages. I know many of the books I share with you are appropriate for elementary-age readers, but I long-ago learned that picture books are not just for children. In fact, I often … Continue reading

Ideas are Scary: A Ten Minute Lesson

Ideas are Scary: A Ten Minute Lesson

It isn’t often I recommend that classes (or families) watch a commercial, but for this one I’ll make an exception.  Take a look.  General Electric (which is barely mentioned) lives up to its slogan “Imagination at Work.” What a great way to start a conversation about innovation, risk taking, and the kind of atmosphere we … Continue reading

Joy in the Unexpected

Joy in the Unexpected

One of the challenges and delights of creativity is that things often don’t turn out the way we plan. A year (or was it two?) ago, I made gingerbread houses with some of my favorite children. The houses were pretty impressive, given the ages of the architects, surrounded by green jellied-leaf trees. One child used … Continue reading

Failure 102: The Love of Ish

Failure 102: The Love of Ish

Last week I asked you to think about the things you do to help your students prepare for, and survive, the times their creative risks don’t play out the ways they’d hoped. Having things fail or getting things wrong is part of human nature–part of life– part of creativity. It was facinating to learn that … Continue reading

Failure 101

Failure 101

I’ve recently started a new adventure in mosaic art. To say this was an unexpected turn would be a significant understatement. Through the grace and gifts of a talented community education teacher, I’ve been reversing 50+ years of believing I could not possibly do anything worthwhile in the visual arts. It has been more than … Continue reading