Making the Most of Your Creative Learning Self
Exploring Patterns Creatively
Here's a new twist for your life: In these days of disruption, find comfort in engaging in creativity. While some individuals believe they aren't very creative, we at Let Me Learn believe creativity is found in each of us— not as a single gift or skill, but as a leavening agent in each Learning Pattern.
Whatever you understand creativity to be, it is important that you recognize it is found within each of us. Identifying it takes time because it waits for opportunities to emerge and manifest itself. Think of it like seeds of ideas germinating into seedlings that sprout into words and colors, pictures and products. You might start with a new ingredient when cooking and baking, changing the beat of a piece of music you've been practicing, or repurposing an object, a piece of fabric or a greeting card.
While author and illustrator Mo Willems teaches weekly lessons on doodling, and Moleskin produces materials for creative journaling and sketching, Ella B. uses her Learning Patterns to create eye-catching photos of spring flowers.
Mo Willem’s doodles (https://www.kennedy-center.org/mowillems),
Ella: S22 P24 TR20 C28
See Amanda Gorman use her Pattern of Precision to choose words that create hope in our lives even as we shelter in place. Quinn B. uses her Precision to creatively complete an assignment on literary devices, and Dale J. takes to pen and video to creatively provide his support for the work of the US Postal Service (USPS). Henri M, a pre-schooler who lives with his family in Paris, uses his Patterns to create a colorful quilt of letters!
Amanda Gorman, youth poet laureate (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4QPftpS6O0)
Quinn: S28 P25 TR25 C17
Dale: S32 P35 TR8 C25)
3. COOKING/BAKINGSo if you haven't seen John Krasinski's Some Good News, you have missed some great examples of creativity and a virtual Learning Pattern Lollapalooza! Each episode is worth your time, but Episode 5: PotLuck (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1zIgTwENPg) illustrates how well known chefs can use their Learning Patterns to creatively produce some very unusual and tasty foods. Not to be outdone is LML's executive director Joel J. who developed his doughnut-making skills to celebrate his father's 76th birthday with this creative doughnut cake!
Joel: S31 P30 TR17 C14
Whatever your Learning Patterns, we at Let Me Learn encourage you to break the doldrums of this period of disruption, swing open the door of possibilities, put on your dancing shoes, and move into expressing your creative selves!