Yesterday, I was shown the importance of this. Of setting aside time for creativity in the midst of the academic timetable.
It was a simple idea, but seems to have been a winner. During craft and music appreciation sessions we crafted a wall sculpture for Lent using recycled cardboard that was moulded into the shape of tissue boxes.The work took us longer than expected, however, given the learning outcomes involved, any concern about time became a non-issue.
The picture to the left is the end result of that session. Each box was individually covered in a mosaic and then joined together with a glue-gun. The top box was designed by our eldest, depicting Jesus’ birth, death and resurrection.
I know I’ve quoted it before a few times, but I’m in need of the reminder:
‘to be a teacher is to really be a learner’ (Kierkegaard [i]).
[i] Kiekegaard, S On my work as an author, the point of view in Hong, H. & Hong,E. 1978 The Essential Kierkegaard Princeton University Press pp.460-461