I am thrilled to back on the horse and giving myself full permission to create again.
It's something I am actually thinking about a lot these days.
My new second grade class is now in full swing. Today officially marks one week that we have been second grading together and I am already hearing myself repeat the same mantra over and over---
"WHEN WE DON'T CREATE, WE CREATE TROUBLE".
I am using this as fuel not only to allow my own artist to play, but moreover, to remind my kiddos to be overly protective of their play time- of their time to imagine, of their time to dream and to create.
I don't believe that taking away their playtime is the road to getting kids to behave.
I believe the opposite- if you want an engaged, productive and vibrant group of happy students, and I want to reinforce, HAPPY-then you have to allow for creativity- it must be intentionally planned and allotted for and you must absolutely bottom line insist that they too, become stealth guardians of their "play" time.