creativity

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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Is It Possible to Measure Creativity?

Is It Possible to Measure Creativity?

| April 20, 2013 | 5 Comments

Jeremy Rusnock/Courtesy Imagination Stage By Elizabeth Blair, NPR Let’s start with a question from a standardized test: “How would the world be different if we all had a third eye in the back of our heads?” It’s not a typical standardized question, but as part of the Next Generation Creativity Survey, it’s used to help […]

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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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10 Ways to Teach Innovation

10 Ways to Teach Innovation

| April 1, 2013 | 36 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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Four Meaningful Ways Students Can Contribute

Four Meaningful Ways Students Can Contribute

| March 28, 2013 | 2 Comments

Getty Bestselling author and educational expert Alan November’s new book Who Owns the Learning?: Preparing Students for Success in the Digital Age compiles lessons learned over 30 years of educational experience. Beginning with his first teaching job, November began to realize that the most powerful education happens when students take ownership of their learning and […]

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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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Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways Into Inquiry Learning

Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways Into Inquiry Learning

| March 11, 2013 | 45 Comments

If kids can access information from sources other than school, and if school is no longer the only place where information lives, what, then happens to the role of this institution? “Our whole reason for showing up for school has changed, but infrastructure has stayed behind,” said Diana Laufenberg, who taught history at the progressive […]

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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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