Ms. Tyra Wooley has been a pre-kindergarten teacher for twenty-one years. She was inspired to become a teacher by her mother. Tyra as a young girl would observe her mother’s delight in teaching others. Ms. Wooley became involved in the teaching profession by helping her mother with grading papers and putting up bulletin boards. So, it didn’t come as any surprise that Tyra wanted to follow in her mother’s footsteps to become a teacher.
Ms. Wooley truly believes that in order to plant the seeds of success in young children, one must allow them an opportunity to use their imagination. Obviously, Tyra was thrilled as being one of the recipients to obtain an Imagination Playground for her school.
The Imagination Playground is kept in the school’s gym. Classroom teachers are given a designated time to bring their class to the gym, so the students can actively engage in building and creating their architectural projects. Teachers, such as Tyra, are facilitators watching and encouraging their students to socialize, work together in small groups, build, and take chances in how their creative endeavors turn out.
According to the author, Walter Isaacson, who wrote the article, “The Making of Genius,” published in Time Magazine (November/December 2017 Issue), states that what matters is creativity, the ability to apply imagination to almost any situation.
His article gives examples of some of the most famous geniuses our world has ever known.
More in part three…