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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Day 19 of 31 #SOL16

Yesterday I saw a video about creativity. I found it interesting. They did a little experiment with kids giving them ten second or ten minutes to draw something that appeared as though it should be a clock. Everyone drew a clock in the ten-second test. In the ten minute test, there was a variety of creative drawings. It was a reminder that time does matter. When we are given the time to think and process our brains are drawn to our most creative self.
Watch the video yourself. What would you create?
I think this would be an interesting experiment to have with my students. It would be neat to see what they do but it would also be fascinating to hear what they have to say about the results. What would they gain from this? What does it tell them about themselves? Funny, as I type this I'm thinking, I don't have time for this. Isn't that the point?


  1. ..the freedom, the playfulness, the fun...

    Lots to digest from this short nugget.

  2. My deepest wish is for the education pendulum to swing back to more time to create, play, and discover.
    Less time to pressure students to perform on tests.

  3. So when pressed with time, are we getting our best from our students? When the test is timed, can the truly reflect all they know? My husband and I try very hard to give our girls downtime to discover things on their own time. They need just as much unstructured, untimed activities as those they seem to encounter in school.

  4. This is so beautiful. I love how just increasing the time allotted allowed for so much more creativity. Must use this video and your post with teachers prior to planning time. I am also SO aware currently of how very much TIME - and relaxing on it when we're asking people to learn something new or to reconsider looking at something they may already know a lot about matters. When we slow down a bit and allow thought time, effective filters are lowered and learning can take place more easily.

  5. Thank you for sharing this video Betsy.
    When I am rushed my drawings are always not as thoughtful as when I have time to think. This would be a great exercise to try in a classroom. I am not teaching now, but I would love to try this then next art class I teach.

  6. So true! We don't give kids enough time to complete anything of quality. I used to. It seems like it always about how much can we cram into the limited time we have! Quantity! Thanks for sharing. I need to give myself permission to give the gift of time!


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