My teacher got rid of my imagination…
Last night I was working with a class of kindergarten and first graders. Walking around the table, I observed that one of them had taken the coloring picture page, turned it over to the blank side, and was drawing his own picture.
I commented, “That is a very interesting picture. You’re really using your imagination. Will you tell me the story that goes with the picture?”
Immediately, we were interrupted by a sixth grader, who was working as an assistant. She stated matter-of-factly, “My teacher got rid of my imagination.”
I absorbed this amazing statement and asked, “How did your teacher do that?”
“Well – first semester, he told us we could only write about facts and to get rid of our imaginations. So I did. But now (second semester), he told us we need to use our imaginations to write stories; but I can’t seem to find mine anymore.”
I’m still reflecting on this interaction, seeing implications on many different levels …