Updated: Sep 14, 2022
In grade 3, I was not chosen to be part of the Gifted, Talented, and Creative ("GTC") group at school - and I so wanted to be. I remember thinking that I was not clever or creative if I was not part of this group. At the age of 8, I decided these "truths" which impacted me until my mid-20s. Anytime someone would talk about intelligence, I'd check out. I wasn't that. As a singer-songwriter, my extended family would praise my voice and I'd push that away too. All because of not being selected for the GTC club.
My Master's research found creativity and imagination key for learners, particularly marginalized learners. Additionally, I found creativity connected with:
dynamic problem solving
human connection & empathy
and was something that exists beyond the Arts
When I look through this list, I recognize how freaking creative I am. Much of my facilitation work involves reminding people that we are all creative and imaginative despite living in a society which tells us only certain singers or visual artists are. Much of my creativity as an educator, social worker, and now as an educational consultant involves being flexible, curious, and listening for what works across different perspectives.
So, I'm curious - What is your narrative around your own imagination and creativity? E-mail REiLlearning@gmail.com with your thoughts or ideas for future Blogs.
For more information about my research visit: https://www.reillearning.com/master-s-research-project