Rationale Part Two: Awakening Imaginations and Energizing our Classrooms
We need to encourage our students to be imaginative and be awake to the world around them. What better way than through the arts. Drama, music, storytelling, visual arts, and movement help to awaken the imagination and bring vitality and energy into a classroom. Maxine Greene says “No encounters can release imagination in the way engagement with works of art or aesthetic enactments can release it” (Diaz & McKenna, 2004, p. 18). It becomes eminently clear that we need to reach for strategies that will awaken the imaginative energies in all of our students and engage them in the process of learning.