Inspiring Creativity Through Poetry

With a degree in education, over a decade of teaching experience and a six months stint at the University of Helsinki with xEdu, it has become more and more apparent to me that creativity really is one of the most important facets of twenty first century learning. 

I have been very fortunate in the last year to have been mentored and advised by the amazing Kirsti Lonka, Professor of Educational Psychology at University of Helsinki and her team and had wonderful lunches and conversations with Johanna Makela, Dean of the Faculty of Educational Sciences also at the University of Helsinki. These experiences have only served to reinforce a core philosophy at Foodoppi – that we need to be be inspiring and encouraging children’s natural creativity. 

Here, we do this through our unique combination of food and learning. I believe you can teach anything through the medium of food and it can be a very empowering tool for children to now how to use. 

Today, we explore the world of poetry ( perfect little lunchbox poems included )

Poetry at its most simple, is a form of expression that can open new doors to creative thinking through language. Children from a very early age are instantly drawn to the rhythm of the words and the intrigue of the story that poetry creates. It is the systematic process and journey of poetry that develops skills and provides classic learning.

However, most importantly it encourages children to observe the word around them, become curious and use their imaginations to open up a whole new world of possibilities. When children engage with the process of writing poetry they get to ask questions, daydream, make believe, improvise and very importantly make mistakes. Ordinary things can become magical and full of wonderment.

It is this process of possibility, learning doing and redoing that is most important.

According to James C. Kaufman, professor of educational psychology at the University of Connecticut, “Creative people are more likely to start their own companies, to be happy in their jobs, to be successful in business.” And if that’s not enough, they also tend to be, says Kaufman, “resilient, happier, {and} in better moods. It’s such a positive thing.”

So to this end here is a little poem in honour of Valentine’s Day and lunch boxes.

Aisling

 

lunchbox love note