Darcy Hill

Rockford, IL, United States

About Darcy

Bio

Over the past 30 years, I have been committed to reaching the hearts of the diverse students I teach by writing curricula immersed in original song, drama, and creative movement to bring subject matter to life, to kindle imaginations, and to instill a love for learning. I was born and raised in Wisconsin, a UW-Madison grad, a 30 year teacher in Illinois, married 27 years to a very patient man, have 3 remarkable sons, 2 rambunctious Labs, and a passion for utilizing arts to teach and arts to serve our community. Although very late in my career, I just completed a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University Portland, thereby achieving a bucket list dream.

Areas of Expertise

Teaching.

An idea worth spreading

Arts builds bridges of hope and help and healing in our despairing and struggling cities.

I'm passionate about

Utilizing arts to teach content. Utilizing arts to build bridges of hope and joy between schools and communities. Utilizing creative play to strengthen imagination.

Talk to me about

The priority of play. The critical need of building bridges and reaching beyond ourselves.

Comments & conversations

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Darcy Hill
Posted 12 months ago
Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution!
Absolutely brilliant. We indeed are suffering under a broken model of education. I have watched it become increasingly bogged down in a mire of metrics over the past 30 years of my teaching career. But a lovely truth remains, that as long as children are allowed and encouraged to freely play, therein will be the strong important roots of creativity and imagination and subsequently innovation. Please see "Any Creative Spirits in Your Home?" ""The Seeds of Innovation Grow in the Garden of Free Play" "Children Must Play" and "Stop Shouting Already" at http://imaginationcollaborationteacher.blogspot.com
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Darcy Hill
Posted over 1 year ago
Amy Tan: Where does creativity hide?
If imagination is a place of compassion, where one can reach across to another's feelings, why is this not something then that should be infused through all educational curricula? If the exercise of imagination might build compassion, might build a bridge of understanding and subsequently hope, we indeed must work to include this in the educating of all children of all ages. Please see "The Gift Of A Bridge" at http://imaginationcollaborationteacher.blogspot.com.
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Darcy Hill
Posted over 1 year ago
Julie Burstein: 4 lessons in creativity
What makes some people creative and others not so much? Is it a choice or is it something that exists deep inside? Whatever the answer to these questions might be, one thing I know to be true, and that is that children seem to have a great propensity toward natural creativity than adults. We adults get so painfully tangled up in our insecurities and our eye on the Jones-es that we are reluctant to take the risks that creativity requires. Children have not yet learned to worry about public opinion. Children will simply play, and somehow I think creativity has its roots here in the imaginative play of children. Please see "The Priority of Play" at http://imaginationcollaborationteacher.blogspot.com.
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Darcy Hill
Posted over 1 year ago
Tim Brown: Tales of creativity and play
Love this talk:) As a Creative Drama Teacher of elementary aged school children, we spend our time playing and imagining and creating, Creativity needs to nurtured in us all, but especially in children. Please see "Coloring Outside The Lines" at http://imaginationcollaborationteacher.blogspot.com.
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Darcy Hill
Posted over 1 year ago
Hannah Brencher: Love letters to strangers
love this! as a letter writer, note leaver, journal keeper, and lyric crafter, I am continually thrilled and blessed by the power of words and the tremendous impact they can have between individuals as they are shared, especially in writing. Having my grandma's words in her own penmanship on a note is a treasure I keep tucked within the pages of my favorite book. Letters and the written word shared somehow reflect a permanency that is absent in the immediate-nature of today's high tech communication; a permanency we all long for and need.
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Darcy Hill
Posted over 1 year ago
Dave Eggers: My wish: Once Upon a School
I find myself coming back time and time again to this video, this vision, and I dream of it happening in my city. The passion of Dave Eggers and his heart for students and teachers and cities is completely inspiring.
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Darcy Hill
Posted over 1 year ago
Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution!
"Education dislocates very many people from their natural talents." Unfortunately, this is tragically true. Sir Ken Robinson inspires with his passionate words about the diversity of human talents. Please see "Looking At Creativity" at http"//imaginationcollaborationteacher.blogspot.com.
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Darcy Hill
Posted over 1 year ago
Graham Hill: Less stuff, more happiness
convicting talk. so much of the stress of life is wrapped up in the clutter all around us. I would contest that just as things clutter our space, busy-ness clutters our time, and between these two, we feel significant stress. Please see "It's About Time" at http://imaginationcollaborationteacher.blogspot.com.