Getting Creativity with ASPIRE
Sinajana, Guam – On April 24, 2017, the 4-H Youth Development Program visited C.L. Taitano Elementary School for ASPIRE. ASPIRE is an after-school program that offers Supplemental Instruction Program with both advanced instruction and remediation in the areas of English Language Art, Math, and other selected subjects after regular school hours. The 4-H Youth Development Program visits the school for twice a week: Monday for Garden Maintenance and Friday for Fisheries.
This day’s topic session was substituted with fisheries unlike the previous Monday sessions of gardening as per scheduled due to bad weather. From the previous fishery sessions, the students have learned the basic knowledge about fisheries such as different techniques of fishing: spear fishing, net fishing, rod and reel, and line fishing, etc. The students also learned in detail about the different poisonous and dangerous underwater species.
The real excitement began with the incorporation of the day’s Life Skill Activity of Clothes Pin Fish Crafts. The activity allowed each student a set of clothes pins and whale figures to color and assemble as a lively figure. This activity absorbed our Life Skill Learning to Learn which encompasses the ability to evaluate and use information along with understanding the methods and skills necessary for learning. We aim to provide students with fun intellectual activities that make the students eager to learn more. Through our past hands on and physical activities, we do our best to provide a wide variety of different learning methods that can guide students to discover their strengths and abilities. Artistic expression is one of favorite activities with the students because it gives us the opportunity to see the world through their eyes. Allowing them to express their creativity like this promotes healthy habits for them in the future. Although education learning and practices are usually conformed to a certain format, it is a vital part of learning to practice and engage in creativity within the classroom. In the real world, most businesses and ways of life survive because of creative thinking. Stepping outside of the norm is no longer a bad thing, being creative has become a means of survival and success for many businesses, individuals and communities and through our activities we hope to stimulate this part of the brain in the students to prepare them for the future.