It’s been a little over a month since schools opened for the year and so far I have traveled and collaborated with schools in the following towns or regions: Londonderry, Manchester, Pelham, Auburn, Bow, Peterborough, Bethlehem, Contoocook, Monadnock, Tilton, Kearsarge, Nashua, and Concord. Each meeting has been unique. Sometimes I know what I will be doing, but more often than not, I meet with teachers or administrators and have a conversation to come up with a wish for that school or teacher and a plan to help achieve that wish. Some of those wishes have been:
- connecting librarians who want to create maker spaces,
- helping a student with special needs build an online jewelry business,
- creating a Unified Arts event for the first time,
- helping students come up with art ideas for a Mt. Rushmore project,
- helping students to practice mindfulness,
- working on building community and empathy with students,
- at risk students creating a photo project with a multi media presentation,
- helping a school pilot an 8th Grade Seminar,
- infusing theater skills in a 12th grade class,
- creating a positive culture among staff,
- presenting professional development opportunities,
- helping to create a system to keep track of competencies for each student,
- giving feedback on how to help make improv more meaningful,
- and creating a 4th grade NH History musical.
Wow! Writing all those down puts my month in perspective. I have been busy. VERY busy. I am sure I have forgotten something. I look at the photo above that I took in an elementary school I visited. These are all different interpretations of USA patriotism, although they have some similar elements. The common denominator seems to be red, white, and blue. It reminds me that there are different interpretations of creativity with similar elements as well. Although the wish list above is varied in its content, the common denominator is teachers and administrators want to create amazing opportunities for their students to learn in unique and powerful ways. This focus is crystal clear and I am so grateful to be a part of this creativity movement.