My topic was "Invoking Creativity, Encouraging Confidence, and Offering Constructive Feedback". I talked about these three areas within the context of running a high school literary magazine as well as teaching writing to third graders. We discussed how these principles transcend age and context and that anyone---no matter what they are trying to accomplish in life---needs these three things: creativity, confidence, and feedback. The presentation went well and it was all over before I knew it, and then it was home to Guangzhou for me.
What I realized is that I'd like to present on this topic again---and explore it more---within other contexts. How would creativity, confidence, and feedback help an active 7-year-old who is a bit reluctant to read? How would creativity, confidence, and feedback help a smart, sensitive, 10-year-old navigate his way in the world, with the various challenges he faces every day? And how would creativity, confidence, and feedback help a quiet, thoughtful 9-year-old girl as she moves through life exploring her various talents, capabilities, and opportunities? How would these 3 things help all of us in our unique roles, interests, and responsibilities?
Something to think about, right? Needless to say, I'll be thinking about it a lot. I'd love to hear your comments on how any or all of these 3 points guides you in your life. Thanks for reading!