creativity

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 | 22 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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Sir Ken Robinson: Fostering Creativity in Education is Not an Option

Sir Ken Robinson: Fostering Creativity in Education is Not an Option

| January 11, 2013 | 16 Comments

Esteemed education advocate Sir Ken Robinson explains in this short but compelling video why creativity is crucial for learning, and why it will require a transformation in the way schools work. In his words, “Creativity is not an option, it’s an absolute necessity.”

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How Can Teachers Prepare Kids for a Connected World?

How Can Teachers Prepare Kids for a Connected World?

| January 9, 2013 | 21 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 | 3 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 | 48 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 | 82 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 | 5 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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