Einstein, and Why He is My Hero

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This is another wonderful post from Jennie!

A Teacher's Reflections

Jim Trelease sent me Einstein’s quote, “Creativity is intelligence having fun.”  Jim knew this would strike me, and it did.  All that I do in teaching is centered on creativity.  And of course fun is essential in order to make sure that it sticks.  So, does that mean I’m stimulating intelligence?  No, it means I’m striking the match- that lights the fuse- that stimulates intelligence.  Wow!

Thus began my love affair with Albert Einstein.

As a young child Einstein was a late talker, after the age of two.  And then, he had unnatural pauses in his speech.  The family maid said he was “a dope.”  School wasn’t much better.  Einstein said:

It’s almost a miracle that modern teaching methods have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry, for what this delicate little plant needs more than anything, besides stimulation, is freedom.

Yes.  YES!  Why do some teachers unknowingly…

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