Book: Letters To A Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke

Collection of 10 letters from 100 years ago. Rilke is the "T" and the young poet is the "S." This book reeks collaboration and creativity.

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This is a must read for all teachers to crack open the power of innovation, design thinking, risk and love. This collection of letters will inspire you to rethink and change the way you design and create your lessons. 

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All students need to feel empowerment through creativity.

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Thanks for sharing, Joseph! Letters to a Young Poet has always been such a source of inspiration. I was actually just thinking of posting this quote, which speaks to the necessity of embracing the unknown and living the questions (which seems to me a critical capacity in any culture that aims to cultivate innovation):

“I beg you, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.”

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I'm thinking we might be related since that same exact quote from the book is hanging up on my wall in my classroom. That one small excerpt sums up the core of creativity. I am so glad you responded and mentioned that quote.

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haha, we might be indeed! I also have that quote written on a notecard on the wall above my desk!