Having or showing an ability to think of new ideas and methods:
creative or imaginative
While training my buddy Chester to heal, I learned he LOVED to pull, which of course is pretty dog-gone natural. However, beyond normal pulling, Chester was a super-strong and gifted puller. Do I sound like a Dog-Mom?
Yes, it was vital he learned the art of 'heal'. But, why not invent a way to let him enjoy something he was gifted to do? Since he love love loved to pull, then let's create a way for him to do this.
And so we did. I say "we" because I needed help with my inventive idea.
A trainer friend of mine taught a class in wagon pulling. We signed up. We started small, first just putting a harness and straps on my buddy. He began learning new commands such as left and right and easy and whoa. (These commands work especially well when I remember my right from my left!). From getting used to a harness and dragging straps behind him, we progressed to Chester pulling an empty gallon milk jug. After he became comfortable with the noisy, wiggly-jiggly plastic clunking jug trailing behind him, we progressed to a small wagon. And eventually a little red wagon. With kids!
Ta-Da! Inventiveness!!! Happy dog! Happy kids in the wagon!
As I shared pictures and this inventive story with the students, they noticed so many inventive-moments.... from me wanting to invent a way for Chester to PULL, to the trainer, and harness maker, and wagon converter. It took a village of inventors. Which is often how inventions go... And it took time. And patience. Which is often how inventions go. With dreams and creativity, time and patience, sprinkle in a lot of help along the way....inventive dreams can become reality. And change a life, or the world!
One of my greatest desires as a teacher, was, is, to discover the gift(s) tucked inside each student --- and to invent ways to help each one shine.
Inventiveness inspires....or is it the other way around :)
P.S. A most memorable moment of the day ~~ When I called on a student & expecting a dazzling comment about inventions, he said, "I think you kinda look like Hillary Clinton in that picture!"