Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Pure Imagination

With the passing of Gene Wilder, I am again reminded of the genius of the scene in Willy Wonka where he sings "Pure Imagination":


Look at the faces on those kids! I've read that the director did not let anyone see the set until it was time to film, so that the looks of amazement and wonder would be as genuine as possible. Are these not the looks we desire from our students as we open up the world of learning and imagination in our schools?

Now take a look at some of the lyrics:
We'll begin, with a spin, traveling in the world of my creation. What we'll see will defy explanation.
If you want to view paradise, simply look around and view it. Anything you want to, do it. Wanna change the world? There's nothing to it.
There is no life I know, to compare with pure imagination. Living there you'll be free, if you truly wish to be. 
 A perfect model of the gradual release of responsibility, allowing students choice and voice as they explore the compelling questions they have, and work on the problems they want to solve.

What might happen if we all became Willy Wonka for a day or more, and let our kids explore their imaginations? Certainly, some may fall into a chocolate river, or go down the bad egg chute, but those are the lessons of learning and growing. In fact, as Willy Wonka tells Charlie toward the end of the movie: "My dear boy, I promise you they'll be quite all right."

Join the conversation...
How might you be opening up space for pure imagination in this new school year?



2 comments:

  1. So in addition to Genius Hour or Tinker Time...now Willy Wonka Wonderings and Wanderings! What might this look like for my third graders?

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  2. So in addition to Genius Hour or Tinker Time...now Willy Wonka Wonderings and Wanderings! What might this look like for my third graders?

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