creativity

Creativity and the Brain: What We Can Learn From Jazz Musicians

Creativity and the Brain: What We Can Learn From Jazz Musicians

| April 11, 2014 | 20 Comments

Research on what’s happening in the brain when jazz musicians improvise is helping shed light on the neuroscience behind creativity.

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Can Any School Foster Pure Creativity?

Can Any School Foster Pure Creativity?

| March 18, 2014 | 17 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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Will Degrees in Creativity Be the Next New Hot Commodity?

Will Degrees in Creativity Be the Next New Hot Commodity?

| February 6, 2014 | 2 Comments

University degrees in creativity are proliferating. But what does it mean to teach someone to be creative?

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The Importance of Free Play for Learning

The Importance of Free Play for Learning

| January 22, 2014 | 7 Comments

What is lost when children’s lives become too scheduled?

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Do Rigid College Admissions Leave Room for Creative Thinkers?

Do Rigid College Admissions Leave Room for Creative Thinkers?

| January 10, 2014 | 34 Comments

Universities say they’re looking for students who are engaged citizens and independent thinkers with a desire to be a part of the school’s community. But many of the measures used to determine college admission don’t test for those qualities. Instead, colleges look at SAT or ACT test scores, the number of Advanced Placement classes a student has completed, GPAs and the ability to write a strong essay. There is often a disconnect between the kind of student colleges say they want and what students have to do to be admitted.

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How Visual Thinking Improves Writing

How Visual Thinking Improves Writing

| November 26, 2013 | 12 Comments

Encouraging kids to think in pictures and words can free up their creativity and language skills as they write.

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Five Research-Driven Education Trends At Work in Classrooms

Five Research-Driven Education Trends At Work in Classrooms

| October 14, 2013 | 36 Comments

Increasingly, educators are looking to research about how kids learn to influence teaching practices and tools. What seemed like on-the-fringe experiments, like game-based learning, have turned into real trends, and have gradually made their way into many (though certainly not most) classrooms.

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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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A Challenge to Kids: Show and Grow Your Creative Confidence

A Challenge to Kids: Show and Grow Your Creative Confidence

| September 24, 2013 | 1 Comment

An OpenIDEO challenge cooked up by Tom and David Kelley, authors of Creative Confidence, asks students to show their creative confidence by answering a challenge question.

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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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