About two weeks ago I attended a symposium sponsored by SHEMESH, a local organization who brought Dr Rona Novick in to speak about social skills.
I am currently reading Teach Like a Pirate, that at least in the beginning focuses on the importance of creativity and passion.
Something struck me about social skills, passion and creativity, there seemed to be a common denominator between them all. Most people would agree that all three are important and our students need to possess all there but for many these three things seem to be different than other skills that we teach and for some reason people assume either you have passion, you are creative or you are social.
That's not true! As Burgess says in his "Six Words" story there is no such thing as saying "But you are creative". We all can be and need to be creative.
Dr Novick said the following regarding social skills;
Social skills is a journey. It is something we must have however it is hard to measure and the journey is different and unique for each child. However it is a skill that is teachable, learnable and can be taught like other skills.
When it comes to social skills we are ever done and really never reach our destination. It is ongoing and ever changing and all moments are teachable moments.
I believe creativity and passion re the same and require teaching repetition and reinforcement.
It does take a certain mindset to think more creatively and we all now those highly passionate people or those social butterflies.
What we need to remember that these people don't have any super powers nor are they different from you and me. They put the time and effort to learn a skill like one would learn math or a second language.
Below are two tweets I tweeted about creativity from the book "Teach Like a Pirate" I think it sums this idea.
" Creativity is not [limited2]some special class of individuals, but ...can b nurtured& developed in all of us— including your Ss" Burgess0 retweets0 favorites
"For most of us, creative genius is developed through hard work, directed attention& relentless engagement in the creative process" Burgess
REMEMBER THESE ARE SKILLS NOT POWERS OR SOMETHING THAT ONLY THE FEW GET TO HAVE
WE OWE IT TO OUR STUDENTS AND OURSELVES TO BE PASSIONATE CREATIVE AN SOCIAL AND TEACH THESE SKILLS TO OUR STUDENTS