|Creative students at play: Ezra, Julia, and Natalie|
|FUI Students create an image of the theme of "poverty"|
As I led these classes and workshops, I found myself in a much different place pedagogically than I had been before, much less concerned about the outcome and much more engaged in the process. I discovered that my main role was to show up and provide the stimulus for the creative act (materials, a project idea, writing prompts, theater games), and then all I had to do was allow things to happen. What did happen far exceeded my expectations, and gave me joy that will fuel me for a very long time.
|Josh's Subject Delta|
|Back view of Subject Delta|
And even when students haven't done something before, I still need to trust them, their own individual processes, their opinions and ideas. Now that I'm smack dab in the middle of my 40s, I am able to appreciate and learn from these people decades younger than I. They are energetic and honest, they don't have the baggage carried by we who are older in years; they are kind, compassionate, and funny as all get out.
|Three cool guys: Ethan, Jacob, and Joshua|
I was allowed to see all of this because I stayed out of the way.