“Zing! is a wonderful book that encourages others to be creative by sharing what has worked for Pat Mora in all of her creative efforts.”
—Camila A. Alire, Dean Emeritus University of New Mexico
“In a series of letters to teachers written with her signature poetic grace, Pat Mora gently reminds us of the potential in ourselves and our students.”
—Lee Galda, Professor University of Minnesota
“In this era of mandates, accountability and adherence to canned curricula, Mora reminds us that great educators are fueled by passion and creativity.”
—Gary Bloom, Superintendent Santa Cruz City Schools, Soquel, CA
Cultivate your own creativity and the creative potential of all your students!
Zing! Seven Creativity Practices for Educators and Students is a beautifully written guide that offers seven powerful practices for personal creativity and professional inventiveness. For each of the seven practices, author Pat Mora proposes seven symbols and presents parallel exercises for teachers and students. Evocatively written in the form of letters to teachers and librarians, this book:
Helps educators access their creative selves and, in the process, become better teachers; Nurtures students in expressing themselves through writing and other creative pursuits; Includes activities at the end of each chapter
This moving and inspirational volume serves as a reminder that inventive teaching is truly an art form that enriches lives and transforms teachers and students.
You can watch Pat Mora speak about honoring educators, the importance of reflection, and writing letters to educators all as ways to improve teaching practice through creativity.
Pat Mora was named one of the “Fifty Most Inspiring Authors in the World” by Poets & Writers magazine. Click here to see the full list.
Value Your Creative Self
Value Your Creative Self
When my first book, Chants, a poetry collection for adults, was published in 1984, I began speaking and giving readings at colleges and high schools; and when my first children's book, A Birthday Basket for Tía, was published in 1992, I added school visits to my travels. Who wouldn't want to spend time with young readers who say with deep feeling, “You are my favorite arthur!” These visits and professional conferences not only allow me to listen to students but also to hear you talk about your current challenges and successes.
Trust your initial, spontaneous responses and jot down your answers to the following questions. Are you creative? Does the word intimidate you? Does it motivate you? What ...