creativity

How Can Teachers Prepare Kids for a Connected World?

How Can Teachers Prepare Kids for a Connected World?

| January 9, 2013 | 19 Comments

Educators are always striving to find ways to make curriculum relevant in students’ everyday lives. More and more teachers are using social media around lessons, allowing students to use their cell phones to do research and participate in class, and developing their curriculum around projects to ground learning around an activity. These strategies are all […]

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Top 10 Posts of 2012: Deep, Meaningful and Creative Learning

Top 10 Posts of 2012: Deep, Meaningful and Creative Learning

| December 26, 2012 | 2 Comments

Flickr: CriCristina It may come as no surprise that the ideas that are top-of-mind for educators, parents, and policymakers are the very topics conveyed in the most popular MindShift posts this year. Giving kids the tools to create, teachers the freedom to innovate, making students’ work relevant in the real world, giving them access to […]

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Why Learning Should Be Messy

Why Learning Should Be Messy

| October 18, 2012 | 45 Comments

The following is an excerpt of One Size Does Not Fit All: A Student’s Assessment of School, by 17-year-old Nikhil Goyal, a senior at Syosset High School in Woodbury, New York. Can creativity be taught? Absolutely. The real question is: “How do we teach it?” In school, instead of crossing subjects and classes, we teach […]

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Why Kids Need Schools to Change

Why Kids Need Schools to Change

| September 21, 2012 | 80 Comments

The current structure of the school day is obsolete, most would agree. Created during the Industrial Age, the assembly line system we have in place now has little relevance to what we know kids actually need to thrive. Most of us know this, and yet making room for the huge shift in the system that’s necessary has been difficult, if not impossible because of fear of the unknown.

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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 | 3 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 | 20 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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Lessons Learned: How a Progressive New School Adapts to Realities

Lessons Learned: How a Progressive New School Adapts to Realities

| August 17, 2012 | 3 Comments

When we envision a well-rounded, progressive education for our kids, we think of a vibrant environment that nurtures students’ passions, provides structure for rich and deep learning, a place where kids can get their hands on projects that are meaningful to them. That’s the goal at Brightworks, a small, K-12 private school just starting its […]

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Do All Of Us Possess Genius?

Do All Of Us Possess Genius?

| June 15, 2012 | 5 Comments

Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat Pray Love, remarks on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses — and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius. How can we extend this idea to school-aged kids? This talk, part of the TED […]

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Adam Savage: Permission to Make

Adam Savage: Permission to Make

| May 24, 2012 | 5 Comments

MythBusters host Adam Savage has a thing or two to say about the importance of tinkering — even if that means it gets messy. “If you don’t get a chance to fail, if you don’t get a chance to try things and not get them right the first time, and you keep on doing it […]

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