Tribes: a reflection

As a result of the class, 5 Habits of Highly Creative Teachers, I have come to look at Tribes in a whole new light. In the past, I would have considered it to be something primitive or assigned to you as a result of your geography or ethnic background, but it has been expanded upon or redefined based less upon proximity of its members, but more so about shared ideas and values.  Thus, I have come to think of tribes as people who commune based upon their passions and interests–it’s more of a choice rather than an obligation. Furthermore, your tribe can ignite and inspire others, so your network can combine and expand.

Reflecting on this, made me feel a powerful sense of “oneness” and connection, especially when I put together a playlist of songs that represent my journey so far.   This made me completely nostalgic as well. It made me ponder where I am and where I want to go; furthermore, who do I want with me along this journey.  Thus, my biggest insight I got from doing this exercise was the need to evaluate my values from time to time, and see who I can connect with in order to explore who I am and who I am becoming.

My playground

I  think that play is something that all adults struggle with. They don’t want to viewed as being too childish or not serious enough about life. However, most of us love being around people who are playful–they usher in laughter and lightness with their presence.

As I consider myself, I realise that I have many opportunities for play, and could even flip certain projects or activities easily just with a shift in my perspective. To me, play is less about what you are doing, it’s more about how you are being. Do I show up, enthusiastic and up for a challenge, or do I just go through motions?  I think, in the playground of my life, there are a few things that I find are the foundation to staying open to the playfulness that life offers you.

 

The first is humour and reflection. When in play, I am delightful, laughter coming easily to me. It’s as if everything is a joke or intended to create joy. If I keep in that mindset, I can play with anyone, anywhere. And I believe that the joy and wonder of living becomes amplified and reflected back to me.  humor and reflection

So it goes without saying that staying in the moment, being present to what can unfold, sparks the spirit of playfulness. I think in this way, I can find joy in whatever situation I am in. I think play then becomes not something that you DO but something you BECOME, not caring about outcomes or solutions, but letting what can be possible to naturally rise to the top.

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5 Habits of Highly Creative Teachers-a reflection

I am currently taking a class and its becoming apparent that you teach as you are. Therefore, if I want to teach creativity, I must be creative as well.

This first week is all about curiosity and how to restore it in our lives; also how to sustain the curiosity of children. There are 3 different approaches to curiosity: “The period (.). The exclamation mark (!), and the question mark (?). The first are passive, maintain the status quo and are disengaged with the world around them. The second have an inflexible approach, they  are dogmatic, have their singular view, and are on a mission and since they don’t move from their view, they try to convert everyone over to their ideas. The third type of person takes an inquisitive approach to life.” (Douglas Rice in ‘The Curiosity Manifesto’)

When I reflect upon myself, I can identify with each mindset in different scenarios. For example, with my students, I am definitely a (?), However, at work, I rarely challenge my authority figures because I am afraid of being pinned as a trouble maker, so I am a (.) ; yet, when it comes to food, I am often a (!), not willing to try new types of meats or dishes. But, overall, I do identify with as a (!), and I think people value me because I am willing to ask some tough questions.

As I consider how I could raise my curiosity quotient, the following ideas is what comes to mind:

  1. Ask more questions before jumping to conclusions.
  2. Be more present and aware, using my senses to discover new things within the mundane in my routine.  Such as paying attention to the flavours of food and slowing down to look for details in the everyday objects that I see.
  3. Take some time to research my random thoughts. I often have questions that arise, so I can make a note of them and take a few minutes to explore them.
  4. Pay attention to my students acts of inquisitiveness. Observe them more closely so I can catch their curiosity.
  5. Since I am married for 10 years, it is easy to think that you have your spouse pegged. I can instead view him as a new friend, and approach him with great interest about that the things that he values and enjoys.
  6. Try out some new recipes and explore some novel menu items.
  7. Be in wonder–look at life as if through the eyes of a baby.
  8. Experiment with myself, particularly my body. For example, what would happen if I did sit ups everyday for 3 weeks–what would happen?-what would change?–would anything change? Journal about the results.
  9. Wear my hair differently. Or wear make-up.

These are just a few ideas. I’d like to try number 1, 2, 4, 5, and 8 to see what emerges. I am really looking forward to expanding upon one of our exercises in which we were to have a conversation with a person and respond only in questions. I have to say that I did this a couple of times. With my 4 year old, it was fun, but with my husband…well…um…  However, I think it is very useful when collaborating with peers so that they feel heard and understood.

As I continue with this class, I am excited to honor my curiosity and the curiosity of others.