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Sunday, June 11, 2006

Is it right, wrong or creative?

I read a story about a first grader whose teacher gave each child in the class a rectangular sheet of paper and told them to "cut it the long way." Everyone in the class cut their sheet of paper in half from bottom to top except one child who cut it diagonally, which is the longest cut you can make on a sheet of paper. Unfortunately, it wasn't what the teacher had in mind and her teacher told her she was wrong.

This is not an uncommon occurrence in childrearing, both in school and other childcare situations. Teachers who prize creative responses and original thinking by children can make a world of difference in their lives. Valuing creativity and nurturing it from infancy can have tremendous benefits.

Chief Imagination Officer

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