Lautreamont's Chance Encounters Meet Show & Tell

Start each school day with a quick Surrealist game to make curiosity, wonder, creativity and divergent thinking routine.

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I was trying to think of ways one might establish routines and rituals around practicing creativity, curiosity, and divergent thinking on a daily basis and thought we might take a cue from the Surrealists and their many delightful creative games.

Thinking about Lautreamont's line, "As beautiful as the chance encounter of a sewing machine and an umbrella on an operating table,' one idea I had was to have two different students bring in an inspiration each day and have the class write a short paragraph or draw or build a way they see these two things coming together. 

Lots of interesting ideas on Surrealists games that could serve as further inspiration are to be found in this book, aptly titled: A Book of Surrealist Games compiled by Alastair Brotchie. 


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You are inspiring me Mark! Thank you very much for your suggestion about bringing robotics to second grade. The past few years I've teamed up with a Kindergarten class to do a lot of STEM/Tinkering/Maker Faire activities and have also introduced computer coding. This sounds like a possible great next step.

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