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Jackson's EdgeHuman beings love to create – and, often, to share that creation. I just began a photography blog, in which each post is a photo that I have taken that I especially like. After posting about six or so pictures for the first time, I received emails that several photographers and one artist had found my blog and expressed that they liked one or more of the photos. Now, I’m sure that they would like for me to become a follower of their weblog, and that is probably a main reason for their liking mine. However, I was glad to see that someone has viewed my photography. So I went to the blogs of these photographers, and I just had the following thought, which led to another:

Human beings like to create. These bloggers like to take pictures or draw and use their creative side not only to take them, but to compose them, and you can tell that they are thinking about subject matter, composition, color, etc. when you see their work. You also see what interests them, or what they think good photography is. These pictures tell you a lot about the people – even where they are from (one’s from the Russian-speaking world, I think).

Human beings like to share their creations – not everyone, but many, many do, from famous creators to unknown ones. We would like at least one other person to acknowledge – even like or appreciate – what we are doing. Even those who are too shy or lacking in self-confidence about their creations may share their work with a few people.

All this has led to another thought, actually a question: How can we encourage such a creative spirit in the learning environment, whether the educator is with the student or not, i.e. whether the “master” is physically present with the “apprentice” or not? How can we nourish, encourage, foster this tremendous creative urge that “springs forth eternal” in the human spirit, but is often not seen in the school or college class?

What makes a person learn on her or his own? Create on his or her own? Certainly, it is about urges, enthusiasm, pleasure, joy, maybe the desire to be acknowledged for what one has created, maybe the desire to share an idea or an image, or to persuade someone of something, and — learning that comes out of a need to know for the self’s own creative reasons is one of the best reasons to learn.

School and the university are, by their very natures, evaluative processes. Those processes can stifle people, so how do we help people move beyond the grade, and how do we encourage them in their work, even as we have to grade their work? How do we encourage rather than discourage the creative and learning impulses that are so truly ours as homo sapiens? And how do we help those, who are shy or more lacking in self-confidence, share their creations without fear of scholarly retribution?

I thought I’d share with you links to my own blog and the blogs and websites of those who expressed a liking for my photography, for we all like to have an audience, and you may be interested in taking a look.

Here are links to those who saw mine:

America in Black-and-White: http://abenteuerwildnis.wordpress.com/amerika-in-schwarz-und-weis/

Ravi’s: http://photosbyravi.com/2013/11/12/machu-picchu-a-different-perspective/

Nature Has No Boss: http://naturehasnoboss.com

Markovich from Russia: http://idiot.photography

Anonymous: http://1at3shots.wordpress.com

View from the Road: http://ireland2day.wordpress.com

One Drawing Daily: http://onedrawingdaily.wordpress.com – a person who is going to draw at least one picture daily for 2 years!

And here’s mine, should you be interested:

My Rainbow Photography: http://photographyrings.wordpress.com

So …

More on the creative urges and education to come.