‘An elementary school teacher was giving a drawing class to a group of six-year-old children. At the back of the classroom sat a little girl who normally didn’t pay much attention in school. In the drawing class she did. For more than twenty minutes, the girl sat with her arms curled around her paper, totally absorbed in what she was doing. The teacher found this fascinating. Eventually, she asked the girl what she was drawing. Without looking up, the girl said, “I’m drawing a picture of God.” Surprised, the teacher said, “But nobody knows what God looks like.” The girl said, “They will in a minute.” – Robinson, K. (2009)
I love this story, as much as the author who wrote this story, Sir Ken Robinson, in his book, ‘The Element’, as it reminds me that young children are wonderfully confident in their own imagination and creativity. As mentioned in Robinson’s book, if one was to ask a group of children whether they think they are creative, it is very likely, all of them will put their hands up to indicate to you that they are. However, if you were to ask a group of high-school students the same question, you might get only a handful of them raising their hands or perhaps none at all.
In my line of work, I have met so many students who have lost this confidence in their own imagination and creativity. In the Asian society, academic grades are sometimes deem as more important than developing in the child a love for music, an exposure in sports or simply, even a love for reading or learning. The process in learning often does not hold an equal standing to the end product. There are those who perhaps chooses to suppress their imagination and creativity just so that they can fit into the mould of this society.
In teaching C, I hope that he will not lose this child-like imagination and creativity. I hope to show him that the process is as important or more important than the end product. I hope he’ll believe in himself now, and even as he grows older, that all is possible to him who believes…
If someone was to tell him, “C, nobody knows what God looks like.” He’ll reply, “They will in a minute.”
If someone was to question him and say, “C, what you’re doing has never been done before, I don’t think it will work.” He’ll reply, “It will, you’ll see.”
If someone was to doubt him and say, “You’re impossible.” He’ll reply, “I-M-Possible.”