Creativity

On the Edge of Chaos: Where Creativity Flourishes

On the Edge of Chaos: Where Creativity Flourishes

| May 6, 2014 | 21 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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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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If Robots Will Run the World, What Should Students Learn?

If Robots Will Run the World, What Should Students Learn?

| April 12, 2013 | 23 Comments

Those who study robots and their impact on life foresee a day not too far off when many jobs now held by people will be automated. So, what should students be learning now to stay relevant?

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How Emotional Connections Can Trigger Creativity and Learning

How Emotional Connections Can Trigger Creativity and Learning

| March 15, 2013 | 20 Comments

Scientists are always uncovering new ways into how people learn best, and some of the most recent neuroscience research has shown connections between basic survival functions, social and emotional reactions to the world, and creative impulses. Students’ social and emotional reactions to learning are imperative to feeling motivated to learn and to their ability to […]

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Nurturing the Next Van Gogh? Start With Small Steps

Nurturing the Next Van Gogh? Start With Small Steps

| March 1, 2013 | 13 Comments

If it’s true that fostering creativity in learning is not just a nice notion, but an imperative, then educators must find a way to integrate it into a system that has not made this intangible, un-testable attribute a priority. More and more, teachers are becoming alerted to the idea that nurturing creative minds is necessary […]

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Can Repetitive Exercises Actually Feed the Creative Process?

Can Repetitive Exercises Actually Feed the Creative Process?

| February 22, 2013 | 8 Comments

Flickr:Svintus2010 By Holly Korbey In Sherri Scott’s first grade class, the daily “main lesson” pages students work on — essentially their handmade textbooks made up of words, numbers, and artwork — are copied straight from the old-fashioned blackboard, not created. And that’s the point. “It’s what we do in Waldorf schools,” Scott says. “In the […]

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How Free Play Can Define Kids’ Success

How Free Play Can Define Kids’ Success

| February 15, 2013 | 21 Comments

Free, unstructured playtime gives kids a chance to discover their interests and tap into their creativity. It’s a crucial element for building resilience in children, an attribute they’ll need in order to become happy, productive adults. That’s Kenneth Ginsburg’s thesis and the core of his book Building Resilience in Children and Teens. Ginsburg, a pediatrician […]

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How to Fuel the Innovation Engine in Learning

How to Fuel the Innovation Engine in Learning

| September 7, 2012 | 5 Comments

Flickr:JUvertson By Jennie Rose Can creativity be taught? If innovation is truly the key to this country’s success, then it’s time to think strategically about engendering creativity into our education system. That’s part of Tina Seelig’s thesis in her new book Ingenius: A Crash Course on Creativity. Case in point: In schools, when we give […]

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Five Ways to Bring Innovation Into the Classroom

Five Ways to Bring Innovation Into the Classroom

| August 27, 2012 | 4 Comments

For many schools across the country, today marks the first day of a new year. In addition to thinking about tools that help boost educators’ teaching practice, this moment might be a good time to pull back and think about some big-picture ideals, too. Here are a few to consider. 1.   INFUSE PASSION INTO LEARNING. […]

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How to Turn Your Classroom into an Idea Factory

How to Turn Your Classroom into an Idea Factory

| August 20, 2012 | 21 Comments

By Suzie Boss The following suggestions for turning K-12 classrooms into innovation spaces come from Bringing Innovation to School: Empowering Students to Thrive in a Changing World, published in July by Solution Tree. How can we prepare today’s students to become tomorrow’s innovators? It’s an urgent challenge, repeated by President Obama, corporate CEOs, and global […]

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