This documentary blew my mind. I kept trying to imagine this in an American classroom. Would we be so free? Would the teacher have such latitude? Would the children cooperate, grow, and learn? Would the parents allow it? But it does show how the power of writing can instruct the body, heart, and mind. Sheer genius.
“Writing above all, is seeing clearly.” Peter Mathiessen
Do we ever really pay attention to what our kids are thinking about? Do we help guide them into self-discovery? Or do we teach that one must conform regardless of the price to self? Do we listen long enough to know what they spend their time and energy on?
What story are your kids having to carve out for themselves now? And who will your kids be at 35?
Watch this short scene from Woody Allen’s Annie Hall that demonstrates the disconnect that happens in the socialization that occurs in the classroom. My apologies for my low-tech approach. I could not get the clip to start where I want it to start. It starts at the 3 minutes and 45 seconds (3:45) marker and ends at 5:15.
Looking back, how did your story turn out?
The unbelievable beauty and passion of such a simple thing as sand. Speak out, express yourself. People will react in unexpected ways that may move and shake you, them, the world. We are waiting to hear from you.
This is what I call bodystorming. Sometimes the brain has nothing to say. Go out and have fun finding your voice.