Every day in the classroom, it feels like the challenge to inspire and motivate our students to think critically and creatively is just getting harder.
Using the “little gray cells” as Hercule Poirot does is more difficult than ever with the numerous distractions confronting our students.
I was pleased to come across this charming video shared by Reggie Kumar from UCLA.
It features scientific researchers talking about the mysterious source of inspiration being akin to how an artist might create. Not simply starting from a preconceived notion, but using imagination and visualization to understand a problem or process. I also really loved how the researchers spoke of the essential need to have solid fundamental skills to make great art and science. So often, we see students have the tendency to jump right to the “cool” stuff without having a firm grasp of the foundational knowledge or skills.
With compelling graphics and a great “chill” soundtrack, this video might provoke a few good conversations. It’ll at least provide a bit of inspiration for you to get back in there tomorrow and do the good work of inspiring the generation of “dreamers, makers, learners and doers!”