Helping Students Find Their Voices

Metaphorical Ways of Knowing: The Imaginative Nature of Thought and Expression offers tools for teachers to develop the imaginative use of language in their students with the goal of fostering thinking, expression, and discovery,” posits Lincoln Center Institute teaching artist Lynn Neuman in her review of this title from the National Council of Teachers of English. ”The book will help you help your students develop their own voices, but it might help you further your own as well.” Read Neuman’s full review on LCI’s Resource Center Blog.

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The Role of Imaginative Play

barell_playgrounds perm grantedHow do adolescents and teens “play”? John Barell’s Playgrounds of Our Minds (1980) “casts education as an adventure,” writes Lynn Neuman, a dance teaching artist for Lincoln Center Institute, in her review for LCI’s Resource Center Blog. Although written decades ago, Neuman connects the ideas in Barell’s book with what she sees as a 21st-century imperative for students to develop skills of “flexibility, adaptability, innovation, and creativity.” While it is almost “child’s play” to consider early childhood education as within the realm of imaginative play (pun intended), Barell focuses on high school students and provides strategies and tools for teachers. Check out the full review here.