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Waking the inner writer: Consciousness in the classroom
by Richard Beall, Ph.D.
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14 April 2013
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''Power and insight are tucked into the title of veteran teacher Tom Kepler's new book, I Write: Being and Writing,'' says Dr Richard Beall, Head of Maharishi School in Fairfield, Iowa, USA. Mr Kepler, an English-Language Arts teacher at the school, ''challenges us to look beyond the words to realize the significance of the writer within''.
''At most schools,'' Dr Beall continues, ''students arrive, go directly to their classrooms, and the day unfolds in a routine manner. But at Maharishi School, the day begins with morning practice of yoga and the Transcendental Meditation technique, which discards stress and fatigue and optimizes the coherence of their brains. When the students begin their first class, they're not the same students who arrived at school. They are wide awake and ready to learn and access deeper levels of their own creativity. This is a different kind of student, or in this case, writer.
In I Write, Tom Kepler asks, Who is the ''I''?
''As writers, we have to consider the subject, the 'I.' If I am dull or impatient or distracted or unhealthy, what I write will lack my full potential. Like an athlete, I must be fully engaged, alert. I must continue to grow and expand as a person.'
Tom explains how the TM technique prepares students to write. ''This isn't a writing technique, but I would call it a preparation for the activity of writing. I guess one could say it cleans the slate prior to writing. You must allow yourself as a writer to go deep within, to let your creativity take you where it will.''
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