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How Much Sleep Do Creative Geniuses Need?

How Much Sleep Do Creative Geniuses Need?

| June 15, 2014 | 3 Comments

Check out this neat visual showing how the most creative people in history slept.

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On the Edge of Chaos: Where Creativity Flourishes

On the Edge of Chaos: Where Creativity Flourishes

| May 6, 2014 | 17 Comments

Scientists have come a long way in understanding how the brain generates creative ideas. Their work can inform classroom structures if educators want to inspire more creativity in students.

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Can Any School Foster Pure Creativity?

Can Any School Foster Pure Creativity?

| March 18, 2014 | 25 Comments

How do we promote creativity in schools? This is one of the prevailing concerns of many progressive education reformers. From a long-term fiscal perspective, creativity can lead to innovation, and for the U.S. to have a competitive edge in the global economy, minds capable of identifying problems and imagining new possibilities are a necessity. But given the constructs of public schools, can creativity truly be valued?

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The Importance of Fostering Kids’ Creative Confidence

The Importance of Fostering Kids’ Creative Confidence

| October 13, 2013 | 11 Comments

When people say, “I’m just not the creative type,” IDEO founder David Kelley refutes that assumption with the idea that if they stick with it long enough, their creativity will inevitably come through. Kelley talks about the idea of “guided mastery” — it’s a practice that parents and educators can use to help kids find […]

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Why We Need To Value Students’ Spatial Creativity

Why We Need To Value Students’ Spatial Creativity

| July 31, 2013 | 25 Comments

Though spatial skills — the ability to find meaning in the shape, size, orientation, or trajectory, of objects — are valuable, the tactics we use to measure student outcomes don’t always include these important skills. By not placing value on spatial thinking, we may be missing out on developing the skills of the next Thomas Edison.

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Sir Ken Robinson: How to Escape Education’s Death Valley

Sir Ken Robinson: How to Escape Education’s Death Valley

| May 28, 2013 | 9 Comments

The ever eloquent Sir Ken Robinson contends in this TED Talk that the culture of American education contradicts three principles that make human life thrive: diversity, curiosity and creativity.

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10 Ways to Teach Innovation

10 Ways to Teach Innovation

| April 1, 2013 | 35 Comments

Innovation and the current classroom model most often operate as antagonists. The system is evolving, but not quickly enough to get young people ready for the new world. But there are a number of ways that teachers can bypass the system and offer students the tools and experiences that spur an innovative mindset. Here are ten ideas.

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Are We Wringing the Creativity Out of Kids?

Are We Wringing the Creativity Out of Kids?

| May 4, 2012 | 42 Comments

Do you think you’re creative?” Ask this question of a group of second-graders, and about 95 percent of them will answer “Yes.” Three years later, when the kids are in fifth grade, that proportion will drop to 50 percent—and by the time they’re seniors in high school, it’s down to 5 percent. Author Jonah Lehrer […]

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