I was thinking about this quite a bit as 2013 drew to a close. I thought about drawing/painting everyday...I used to draw and paint all of the time! Then I thought about sewing: functional creativity! And one of my main loves, photography. But creativity does not need to be constrained to the visual arts, so I hope that 2014 is just plain creative. I know there will be benefits for me, and in the classroom.
One creative commitment I have made is a 365 photography project. In an effort to document daily life and stretch myself as a photographer, I'll be taking my digital camera everywhere with me, taking photos, and sharing a photo of each day this year. You can see that project over on flickr.
The word "creativity" feels like the opposite of laziness. And when I get finished with teaching, I tend to be downright lazy. Doing things for ourselves is important because overall happiness and well being trickles right into the classroom. I hope you might consider painting, cooking, dancing, playing the piano, sewing, gardening, drawing, digging, brewing, baking, synchronized swimming - anything, really - this year in an effort to promote your personal creativity. Chances are we'll all be inspired to share some of those creative experiences with children!