Doodle Their Hair

September 15, 2011

For this month’s creativity prompt you’ll board an imaginary yellow school bus and rumble down memory lane reflecting on all that you’ve learned in life and the various teachers who guided you along the way.

Think about the conventional learning environments – school classrooms where you learned to read (See Spot Run), recite Shakespeare (“To be or not to be”), or the Theory of Relativity (E=mc2). And consider too, the less conventional learning environments – life classrooms – where you learned to eat with a fork, close your eyes when you kiss, and say, “I’m sorry” and mean it. As you reflect on the vast knowledge and abilities you’ve garnered, think about the teachers who really moved you and why.

Who inspired you? Who challenged you? Who infuriated you?

Once you’ve thought about all the teachers you’ve had in your life (and marveled at how much you know) it’s time to have some doodling fun

The directions are simple:

  1. Make a list of the teachers that stand out.
  2. Next, choose a teacher who rocked your world, and one who didn’t.
  3. Now think about their hair. Using a piece of plain white paper and your best doodling pen, no. 2 pencil, or marker, draw just the hair of each teacher. The hair should float on the page, with no face or body attached. Give the drawing as much detail as you can – add color if you want to.
  4. Under each hair drawing, write the feeling or experience elicited by your relationship with your teacher. For example – “inspired my life-long love of nature” or  “made me give up playing a musical instrument – arrgh”

What did you discover? Did the prompt give you a clue into what you’d like to learn next? Or maybe you’re clear about what kind of teacher is the best kind of teacher for you? I’d love to hear about your creative process…

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