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Nurturing Creativity

Nurturing Creativity Slideshow

I was honoured this past week to be a part of a showcase of talent alongside some very creative colleagues in my district. Henry Matisse has said that creativity takes courage and I believe that as teachers we need to understand the courage required to travel to the top of Bloom’s Taxonomy to create and share something new with the world. We must receive each act of courage with the honour it requires and not forget the wisdom of Pearl S. Buck:

“The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive. To him… a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death. Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create — so thatwithout the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, his very breath is cut off from him. He must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency he is not really alive unless he is creating.”

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