Okay, you know I don’t often ask you for things but a teacher wrote me who is raising money to give her students “Wreck this Journal” for a good reason (actually a few teachers). I have been donating books to schools like crazy (because I feel it is a small way of helping and because a couple of teachers saved me when I was in school) and I am a bit tapped out at the moment, though I did donate to this cause myself in hopes of helping them get to their goal. I always want to do more to help teachers, they really can make a difference with their work! Did I mention they have no art classes?!? Can you help us?
Here is a bit of what the teacher wrote:
“Wreck This Journal” will encourage my students to make a mess and release their tension while being creative. One of the activities asks the writer to tear out a page, throw it out, and accept the loss. When this was presented to a group of students, they became visibly uncomfortable watching the teacher proceed with this activity. It is so important for my students to learn it’s OK to make mistakes, to learn from them, and to keep going. In order to innovate and create, they need to be OK with breaking the rules.
“Wreck This Journal” will help me lead my students through a variety of much-needed stress relief activities over the course of the year, such as flinging coffee on the pages, writing carelessly, and releasing their inner monologue.
The books will be used all year in my English class to help my students engage in creative ways of relieving their anxiety. It is my hope that these activities will help my students ease up on themselves and just have fun being kids for awhile.
My students are amazing & brilliant. They’ll go on to conduct research that leads to breakthroughs in genetic testing, curing cancer, and more. However, they need to learn the importance of making mistakes before they realize this potential. Some of the best discoveries happen through failure and happenstance. I want my students to know that making a mess can lead to beauty and truth.
Please help bring “Wreck This Journal” to my STEM-focused 9th graders and help them find their creative spirit!