- Creating a paper mâché Loch Ness monster and painting it red, white and blue to be the USS Nessie.
- Writing and illustrating stories about my gerbils, Floppsey and Moppsey, and reading them to the class.
- Writing a report on wolves and taking a picture with a Polaroid of a wolf in a book so it would look like the wolf was in my backyard (:
- Being the lead in the school play, Really Rose.
- Reading a chapter of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase dramatically (OK, overly dramatically) into a tape recorder.
- Working on a 50-page handwritten report (with illustrations) at the end of the school year so I could go on a class field trip to Boston, and visit one of my favorite places, the Mapparium.
- Receiving my weekly mimeographed schedule of to-dos (homework, meeting days for certain subjects, project due dates etc.), and figuring out how I would get it done on my own time.
"Kyung Hee Kim at the College of William and Mary discovered this in May, after analyzing almost 300,000 Torrance scores of children and adults. Kim found creativity scores had been steadily rising, just like IQ scores, until 1990. Since then, creativity scores have consistently inched downward."Bronson and Merryman also reported that, "A recent IBM poll of 1,500 CEOs identified creativity as the No. 1 'leadership competency' of the future."
One of the reasons I stopped working as the program director for an arts education nonprofit five years ago was because I was so frustrated with the public school system we worked in. I can't bear to see Waiting for Superman. My only connection with education at the moment is as a "reading partner" volunteer with two girls for an hour each week at my local public school. If you know of an effective movement to integrate creativity back into education, I'd love to know about it.
In the meantime, I just signed up for Art Every Day Month, happening in November, after interviewing its founder, Leah Piken Kolidas, for the Arts and Healing Network Podcast. I figure the least I can do is try to raise my own "creativity scores." As Gloria Anzaldúa wrote, "I change myself, I change the world." If I had children, I'd sign them up too.
Wish by me (: