Zing! Seven Creativity Practices for Educators and Students
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Zing! Seven Creativity Practices for Educators and Students



© 2010 | 152 pages | Corwin

"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.

 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Welcome! Bienvenido!
 
1. Value Your Creative Self
Value Each Student's Creative Talents  
 
2. Enjoy Quiet
Create Quiet Spaces for Students  
 
3. Gather Your Materials
Motivate Students to Gather Their Materials  
 
4. Begin Your Project
Assist Students to Begin Their Projects  
 
5. Revise
Support Students With Revision  
 
6. Share Your Creations
Create Sharing Opportunities for Students  
 
7. Steadily Persist in Your Creative Work
Motivate Students to Persevere  
 
Hope/Esperanza
 
Suggested Reading
 
Other Books by Pat Mora

Sample Materials & Chapters

Welcome!

Chapter One: Value Your Creative Self


"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. Sharing her seven habits for creativity is so Mora-ish. She is the most unselfish author I know."

Camila A. Alire, Dean Emeritus
University of New Mexico and Colorado State University

"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 while expanding our understanding of the writing process through metaphoric descriptions of other common creative acts. Zing! is a book to be savored, shared, and returned to for inspiration."

Lee Galda, Professor
University of Minnesota

"In this era of mandates, accountability, and adherence to canned curricula, Pat Mora reminds us that great educators are fueled by passion and creativity. Mora reflects on her experiences working with teachers and students across the country, challenges us to reflect on our own experiences, and inspires us to think and act in new and more powerful ways."

Gary Bloom, Superintendent
Santa Cruz City Schools, Soquel, CA

"One of the most valuable things to me in any book I look at for my professional library is the references it shares to lead me other resources. I inevitably turn to the back to look for this, and Mora's book does not disappoint. Overall, it's a fairly quick read with a long afterlife."

Lisa Van Gemert
Gifted Youth Specialist, Mensa Foundation
Key features

Written by a prominent author of books for children and adults, Zing! Seven Creativity Practices for Educators and Students was designed to help teachers:

  • Access their creative selves and, in the process, become better teachers.
  • Nurture students to express themselves through writing and other creative pursuits.
  • Value their students' and families' unique backgrounds.
  • Set high expectations for every student

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