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Creativity is a Chameleon

It’s the most versatile skill. From entertaining ourselves to making a piece of art we use creativity in different ways. At TYO our kids not only utilize this skill in the class but also on their own. We provide them with ideas and let their creative minds work. Check out the creativity in the classroom here at TYO! –Lila Lila is a Fall 2012 intern. [portfolio_slideshow] Related posts:TYO-MEPI Collaboration: First Literacy Training!Photo of the Day: NCM PostcardsPhoto of the Day

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Play is NOT a Luxury

“Play is NOT a luxury; it is a tool for education and health.” -Right to Play Working with kids and playing with kids goes hand-in-hand, so even while we try to foster self-confidence and other skills in the children of Nablus, we also want them to have a safe space where they can play games and let their creativity run wild. At our most recent library day, we interns were inspired by the story of Caine’s Arcade, an arcade made mostly from cardboard by a nine-year-old in California. Caine’s exceptional creativity inspired an international movement to promote play and creativity Continue reading…

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Imagination in Art and Photography

During one of the first photography classes of the semester, I presented my students with photographs of a flower being used in different ways. In one photograph, a girl had plugged a set of headphones into the flower’s stem. In another, the flower was attached to a key chain and being used to open a door. “You can’t listen to a flower!” “You can’t open a door with a flower!” My students told me it was impossible. I disagreed. Each week, Triple Exposure classes strive to teach students that anything is possible through art and photography. That lesson is critical Continue reading…

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The Wall and Efficacy

Last Saturday, I met with a few friends in the Old City for brunch.  Hopped up on Arabic coffee and delicious salads, we shared our respective lives.  They were interning at a research NGO in Haifa for the summer and I have lived in Nablus now for over a year.  The conversation slipped in and out of lessons past, stories told, politics and love both revisited, and work—typical brunch talk for a group of women in their mid to late twenties.  Mostly, the conversation revolved around how the latter influences the former in a constant juggling act of our personal Continue reading…