Friday, June 30, 2017

Unleash Creativity

“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, 
breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” 
Mary Lou Cook

Have you ever felt the sheer joy of being in the "zone"? It is an exhilarating, creative state of mind. There is intensity of purpose as you mindfully create something that did not exist beforehand. This followed with revision, ends with a sense of accomplishment. Spontaneous joy is felt, creativity is unleashed and reflected upon. As you take a second look at what you accomplished, you realize that the outcome is worth the purposeful pursuit. 

Below you will find the slide presentation, "Unleashing Creativity - Finding Our Voice," showcasing the work of eight Molloy College graduate school students (seven teachers and one aspiring teacher) whom I taught during the 2017 Summer ELA Institute. While building their literacy toolkits, the educators explored resources and tools to integrate technology, digital media, creative thoughts and expand the ways educators engage students in writing. Being immersed in a creative culture of trust allowed creative thought to spontaneous burst open. The educators "played" with words and designed digipoetry and inspirational posters to unleash their creativity, be expressive and create digitally to impact learning lives and motivate writers. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to work with a group of dedicated and passionate Long Island educators on ways to engage students in writing through digital means. 

You can view the Google Slide presentation here.

Today's Poetry Friday is hosted by the haiku maven, Diane Mayr. You can find the Round-Up at Diane's site, Random Noodling.  

Talking about unleashing creativity, look at what Tabatha Yeatts has  penned for me in her Summer Poetry Swap. I am touched by the time and effort Tabatha took to personalize the following poem. This poem speaks of my work as the designer and curator of season galleries of artistic expressions. The sensory details that Tabatha has added makes me visualize the hundreds of poems that have been offered for the various galleries throughout the season. I send many thanks to Tabatha for creating such a lovely tribute to the seasonal work of designing artistic galleries that showcase a connection to nature through poetry, photography, technology, and art. 

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