Each month I read a different book to our classes at John Swett Elementary, it's a great way for me to connect with our students. This month I'm reading 'On A Beam of Light' by Jennifer Berne, which is about Albert Einstein and takes us through his childhood to adult life as an inventor. There are some great simple messages in the book and one page in particular really has me thinking and also discussing with our kids.
Jennifer writes about Albert having a 'thinking place' somewhere he would go to let his mind wander to access the creativity in his brain. Years ago I discovered where my 'thinking place' was and always return when I need inspiration or to clear my head for a reset.
We've had some great turn-n-talk discussions in class with our students about their 'thinking place' and they may not know where that place is just yet. They may not be able to find that place, it may need to find them and that can take time and discovery.
This is a great conversation with kids, to help them access the genius they have inside. The conversation is also SUPER important to have with adults.
- Where is your 'thinking place?'
- How do you find inspiration to innovate?
- Do you have a 'place' or someone to converse with that pushing your thinking?
It's very early in the morning and I'm off to my 'thinking place' - going for a run in the dark to clear my brain and access some inspiration!