“Don't snap kids out of a daydream. Encourage these moments by giving them time and space to develop. “
Here, research psychologist Mary Helen Immordino-Yang discusses the importance of “the ability to move back and forth between reflective quiet and solitude to the outside world where we engage with others” These two states have to be in balance to have a rich inner self, a rich sense of ethics, and a sense of possibilities for the future.”
She shares that when children fill their time with “passive entertainment” they are missing out on opportunities to create their own entertainment. Back when I was teaching Drama in Budapest, it was so rewarding to watch my students explore and create on their own terms. I led an after-school program on Improvisation because isn’t that what we did as kids: create castles out of chairs and blankets, made puppets out of old socks…? We improvised with what we had. We didn’t have technology to create images in our mind for us.
I know as a teacher, students daydreaming can be frustrating. Are they listening? Are they missing out on material? Teachers, how do you handle daydreamers? Should we offer more “walks around the neighbourhood”?
Parents, do you notice that your children day dream often or not enough? Are you an over-scheduled family?
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