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Complexity, chaos, and ambiguity are aspects of leadership and learning. Without those we cannot innovate and create.
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Can teachers use learning as their pallet?

Can teachers use learning as their pallet? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Bird Droppings December 29, 2016 Can teachers use learning as their pallet?   I wrote the basics of this article nearly twelve years ago and at the time was thinking of an artist friend who was trying to define her art as well as searching for her own meaning in life. My friend often reflects…
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"I was thinking back several years to a teacher searching the closet for teacher’s manuals and transparencies to teach a subject they had taught for forty years. I was a bit taken back. How do you teach a subject for forty years and now get stressed over a manual and transparencies. You should know the material and it should not be the exact same for every class. The delivering of the material is the key issue here. I was curious as I watched and observed the mounting stress for this teacher as no teacher’s manual and transparencies could be found. Fortunately for the students their regular teacher made it back in time."

We should teach day and moment as if they are new, because they are. Having said this, it is important that teachers be teachers. There are some (too many) looking at it as a job, not a vocation and passion.
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20 profoundly important things we learned from Winnie the Pooh

20 profoundly important things we learned from Winnie the Pooh | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
’’How do you spell ’love’?’’ ’’You don’t spell it...you feel it.’’
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Winnie the Pooh and Dr. Seuss are wonderful sources for children and adults to learn from.
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The Creative Classroom: Why We Must Teach With Imagination by GDC

The Creative Classroom: Why We Must Teach With Imagination by GDC | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Let's have a look at some of the actions that make up a creative classroom, a place where teaching and learning comes from the imagination.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Pedagogy is an important aspect of creative classrooms. Pedagoy is about leading children and being with them on the journey. It is not about taking responsiblity for their learning, but being responsible for teaching and being there.
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What is creativity? Twenty-one authentic definitions you'll love [free poster] - Copyblogger

What is creativity? Twenty-one authentic definitions you'll love [free poster] - Copyblogger | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

"The Writer Files has gathered thought-provoking responses to the question, "What is creativity?" Check out these 21 definitions from top content creatives ..."


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There can be no single definition of anything.
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The Bias Against Creativity

The Bias Against Creativity | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Is there a bias against creativity? It’s usually only after an idea has gained acceptance and recognition that we applaud the idea and its creator.

 


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Creativity disrupts the status quo. It is is different than innovation which uses existing structure to reform what is done rather than transform what is being done.Transforming is going beyond where we are and reforming is retaining the basic structure.

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Tony Vengrove's curator insight, February 24, 2016 12:00 PM

Any presenter of a new idea has to be creative in capturing the imagination of those in idea receivership. To hold people's attention and know how to balance the emotional plea with the rational case is just as much of a creative act as birthing the original idea. In fact, I'd argue it's harder to sell an idea than to create one.

selfoperator's comment, February 24, 2016 10:33 PM
Its magnificent :)
margot roi's curator insight, February 25, 2016 9:10 AM

Always follow the insightful artists. 

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The Science (and Practice) of Creativity

The Science (and Practice) of Creativity | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
"Creativity isn't about music and art; it is an attitude to life, one that everybody needs," wrote the University of Winchester's Professor Guy Claxton in the lead-up to the 2014 World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) dedicated to creativity and education. "It is a composite of habits of mind which include curiosity, skepticism, imagination, determination, craftsmanship, collaboration, and self-evaluation."

Sounds like the perfect skill set for equipping young people to navigate an increasingly complex and unpredictable world. Encouragingly, there's plenty of evidence -- from both research and practice -- that most of the above can be taught in the classroom. In fact, innovation and education experts agree that creativity can fit perfectly into any learning system.

But before it can be incorporated broadly in curriculum, it must first be understood.

 

Learn more:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Creativity

 


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Creativity fosters teaching and learning.

 

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SMARTERTEACHER's curator insight, March 30, 2015 12:14 PM

Creativity must be cultivated in our schools.

Dr. Deborah Brennan's curator insight, March 31, 2015 6:02 PM

Creativity has always been what has set America apart from other nations.  The ability of our population to imagine new solutions to everyday problems and create innovations has kept America as a world leader and given us the economic advantage.  many nations have looked at our education system and wondered how they could nurture this ability in their children.  As a gifted educator, teaching creativity has always been our focus.  Unfortunately, in these days of standardized testing, which lead to standardized curriculum and schools, we are losing our creative advantage.  Creativity is a key for ALL our children.  our children enter school with an active imagination and a natural ability for creative thinking.  We must understand creativity and how we can nurture it in our classrooms and schools. 

Ann-Lois Edström's curator insight, April 7, 2015 12:56 PM

Understanding the creative process and creating a creative atmosphere conducive to learning is crucial

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Over-testing kids is not the answer: Here’s how we really spark creativity

Over-testing kids is not the answer: Here’s how we really spark creativity | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Too often we squelch curiosity in favor of tests, compliance and discipline. Education doesn't have to be that way

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According to Ken Robinson, from kindergarten on creativity declines. Children arrive in the world with natural curiosity and wonder. Teaching is about helping nurture the flame rather than extinguishing it.

 

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Educational Leadership: Fundamentals of Creativity

Educational Leadership: Fundamentals of Creativity | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.

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The article tries to answer some questions about creativity including what it is. There are still many questions but that is part of creativity.

 

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Gust MEES's curator insight, April 25, 2013 2:58 PM

 

Learn more:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching?tag=Creativity

 

shimrit cohen barabi's curator insight, December 4, 2014 10:18 AM

The goal of this article is to explain five fundamental insights that can guide and support educators as they endeavor to integrate student creativity into the everyday curriculum:

1) creativity takes more than originality.

2)There are different levels of creativity.

3)Contaxt matters.

4)Creativity comes at a cost.

5) Theres a time and a place for creativity.

In conclusion,  the ariter saying: "As parents, educators, and creativity researchers, we are encouraged by the increased attention being paid to creativity and the recognition that it has a role to play in schools and classrooms. It's essential, however, that education leaders develop a thorough understanding of creativity and that they take the time and care necessary to ensure that the benefits of creativity are realized in schools and classrooms".

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Creativity Takes More Than Originality
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Breaks Are Good For Business

Breaks Are Good For Business | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Leadership- you must talk the walk. There are big benefits to structured breaks. Employees refresh and recharge, they're more creative, focussed & engaged.

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Breaks are healthy. It is actually on breaks from "real work" that many breakthroughs happen. Students benefit from these when done well.

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The Philosophy of Creativity

The Philosophy of Creativity | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
There is little that shapes the human experience as profoundly and pervasively as creativity. Creativity drives progress in every human endeavor, from the arts to the ...

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Perhaps reading the book, would reveal the work of John Dewey and Hans-Georg Gadamer. Their work is central to the 20th Century philosophy of creativity.

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The End of Leadership--at Least As We Know It!

The End of Leadership--at Least As We Know It! | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

America is currently facing a crisis of leadership in business and in government. Yet at the same time – participation in leadership seminars and programs has never been higher. The leadership industry, with many of  its roots in America, is now a $50 billion industry. 

 

Kellerman explains that the current state of leadership is no better understood or produced than it was 40 years ago and that followers are becoming more and more disenchanted by those who are leading them.

 

Though the leadership industry thrives, leadership in practice is declining in performance.

 

 

 


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Leadership has been changing for some time, but not uniformly. It is not readily evident in education that hierarchy is a thing of the past. What this means is that we are educating children and youth in a model that theorists think is passe. No wonder we have a crisis. Practice and theory are not separate, they are fused.

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John Ludike's curator insight, March 29, 2014 3:43 AM

Hence the trend being many organisations and practitioners not endorsing American based approaches and either creating their own locally as well as those of Europe, Asia and Middle East many of which are currently producing better economic outcomes.

Deborah Verran's comment, March 29, 2014 6:13 PM
Leadership is not just about having ability it is all about demonstrating that ability in practice i.e. standing up & accepting both responsibility & accountability
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Hi Deborah Verran, I agree by 100%! Have a great day :)
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Ken Robinson On The Principles Of Creative Leadership | Fast Company

Ken Robinson On The Principles Of Creative Leadership | Fast Company | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Ken Robinson On The Principles Of Creative Leadership http://zite.to/nhO0Hg via @zite...


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I recall being told by an administrator that the message Sir Ken was putting forward was that digital technologies were the way of the future. I watched videos and read books, but never came to that conclusion. It is part of the tool kit 21st Century learners will need, but not the only one.

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Presentation & Motivation Zen: Sir Ken Robinson Gives Best Talk Yet, TED & Education

Presentation & Motivation Zen: Sir Ken Robinson Gives Best Talk Yet, TED & Education | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Creativity and education expert Sir Ken Robinson delivered two amazingly popular TED Talks prior to his newest, and what could be his best to date in 2013.

 

Excerpted from a Garr Reynolds post:

 

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Good presentation is a balance of information, persuasion, and inspiration... [to] light a spark and point the way.

     

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His first talk http://bit.ly/1fjhkH6 —presented sans multimedia in the true Sir Ken Robinson style — was made in 2006 and is the most viewed TED talk of all time.

 

His follow-up talk given in 2010 http://bit.ly/1f6zZp2 also has been downloaded millions of times.

 

I have seen Sir Ken speak many times and he is always inspiring and engaging, but his latest TED talk, http://bit.ly/IEXH0Q presented at TED Talks Education in April of this year, is my favorite yet.

Good presentation is a balance of information, persuasion, and inspirationPresentations related to leadership must necessarily light a spark and point the way

  

Sir Ken does not scream or jump up and down but he nonetheless ignites, provokes, and inspires his live audience, and anyone else who cares to listen to his presentation on line, in a meaningful and memorable way.

 

Millions of people have seen his latest talk, but just in case you have not, please set aside about 20 minutes to watch this outstanding, short TED talk."

 


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Sir Ken is always a good listen and viewing.

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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, December 25, 2013 3:27 PM

Sir Ken certainly has a lot to say about education. It is important to listen to voices that challenge you. 

simondcollins's curator insight, January 20, 2014 6:11 AM

The brilliant Sir Ken Robinson.

Graeme Reid's curator insight, January 22, 2014 5:57 PM

Fabulous presenter making some excellent points about education.

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Reusing lessons, OOP & the outdoors

Reusing lessons, OOP & the outdoors | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The mark of a good lesson is when you want to reuse it. I have taken students outside for their FIRST lesson in Object-Oriented Programming since my first year of tertiary teaching in 2001. I did this last year & posted about it here: https://elketeaches.wordpress.com/2015/04/26/outside-oop/ I did this again today BUT I added a NEW element.…
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Good teachers reuse their lesson plans with continous improvisations being made.
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The Engaged Classroom Isn’t “Managed”

The Engaged Classroom Isn’t “Managed” | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
In the early 80's when my teaching career began, the term "classroom management" was widely used to describe the multitude of things teachers do to minimize disruptions and maximize learning.  I learned to increase my effectiveness through trial-n-error as almost no time was spent discussing and practicing the variables that mattered.  Courses designed specifically to…
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The etymology of pedagogy is leading children. Educate has to do with leading them from childhood and into adulthood. Yes, there is a place for management, but leading is what it is about. Good teaching is leading students to places they did not know they could reach.
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Constraints Can Be a Catalyst for Creativity — Pacific Standard

Constraints Can Be a Catalyst for Creativity — Pacific Standard | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The Green Eggs and Ham hypothesis is confirmed.
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Take Your Talk On A Walk: How Walking Improves Storytelling & Fosters Creativity

Take Your Talk On A Walk: How Walking Improves Storytelling & Fosters Creativity | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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A certain Zen proverb goes something like this: 'A five year old can understand it, but an 80 year old cannot do it.' The subject of this riddle-like saying has been described as 'mindfulness'---or being absorbed in the moment, free from routine mental habits.

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Every time I'm getting a story ready to tell, or every time I give a storied talk, I storyboard my presentation on a set of 3x5 cards (1 image/trigger word per card), than go for a walk.


Why? Because it embeds the story into my body and becomes much more of a whole brain/body experience. That way it's a lot easier to tell when I'm on the stage.


Or if I know I have a talk coming up, but I'm not sure about what I'm going to say, I go on a walk. Presto magic, while on the walk I figure it all out. This is when  I take my cell phone with me that's got the Evernote app on it. I open up a new note in Evernote and can record my thoughts and the talk right into the note while walking. By the time I get back to the office, my thoughts/outline/story are already on my computer waiting for storyboarding and polishing.


Easy peasy!


Now researchers at Stanford Univ. have confirmed how powerful walking is in stimulating creativity. Since storytelling is a creative act, it's no wonder how walking can work so well with them.


You'll enjoy this post, along with the 13:45 minute interview with Mary Oppezzo, one of the 2 Stanford walking researchers featured. Story on!


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it. Follow her on Twitter @kdietz

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Ian Berry's curator insight, March 12, 2016 9:53 PM

Every time I'm getting a story ready to tell, or every time I give a storied talk, I storyboard my presentation on a set of 3x5 cards (1 image/trigger word per card), than go for a walk.


Why? Because it embeds the story into my body and becomes much more of a whole brain/body experience. That way it's a lot easier to tell when I'm on the stage.


Or if I know I have a talk coming up, but I'm not sure about what I'm going to say, I go on a walk. Presto magic, while on the walk I figure it all out. This is when  I take my cell phone with me that's got the Evernote app on it. I open up a new note in Evernote and can record my thoughts and the talk right into the note while walking. By the time I get back to the office, my thoughts/outline/story are already on my computer waiting for storyboarding and polishing.


Easy peasy!


Now researchers at Stanford Univ. have confirmed how powerful walking is in stimulating creativity. Since storytelling is a creative act, it's no wonder how walking can work so well with them.


You'll enjoy this post, along with the 13:45 minute interview with Mary Oppezzo, one of the 2 Stanford walking researchers featured. Story on!


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it. Follow her on Twitter @kdietz

ismokuhanen's curator insight, March 15, 2016 2:47 PM

Every time I'm getting a story ready to tell, or every time I give a storied talk, I storyboard my presentation on a set of 3x5 cards (1 image/trigger word per card), than go for a walk.


Why? Because it embeds the story into my body and becomes much more of a whole brain/body experience. That way it's a lot easier to tell when I'm on the stage.


Or if I know I have a talk coming up, but I'm not sure about what I'm going to say, I go on a walk. Presto magic, while on the walk I figure it all out. This is when  I take my cell phone with me that's got the Evernote app on it. I open up a new note in Evernote and can record my thoughts and the talk right into the note while walking. By the time I get back to the office, my thoughts/outline/story are already on my computer waiting for storyboarding and polishing.


Easy peasy!


Now researchers at Stanford Univ. have confirmed how powerful walking is in stimulating creativity. Since storytelling is a creative act, it's no wonder how walking can work so well with them.


You'll enjoy this post, along with the 13:45 minute interview with Mary Oppezzo, one of the 2 Stanford walking researchers featured. Story on!


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it. Follow her on Twitter @kdietz

Carlos Vázquez's curator insight, March 25, 2016 1:59 PM

Every time I'm getting a story ready to tell, or every time I give a storied talk, I storyboard my presentation on a set of 3x5 cards (1 image/trigger word per card), than go for a walk.


Why? Because it embeds the story into my body and becomes much more of a whole brain/body experience. That way it's a lot easier to tell when I'm on the stage.


Or if I know I have a talk coming up, but I'm not sure about what I'm going to say, I go on a walk. Presto magic, while on the walk I figure it all out. This is when  I take my cell phone with me that's got the Evernote app on it. I open up a new note in Evernote and can record my thoughts and the talk right into the note while walking. By the time I get back to the office, my thoughts/outline/story are already on my computer waiting for storyboarding and polishing.


Easy peasy!


Now researchers at Stanford Univ. have confirmed how powerful walking is in stimulating creativity. Since storytelling is a creative act, it's no wonder how walking can work so well with them.


You'll enjoy this post, along with the 13:45 minute interview with Mary Oppezzo, one of the 2 Stanford walking researchers featured. Story on!


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it. Follow her on Twitter @kdietz

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Stop Killing Your Creativity - Here Are 5 Culprits

Stop Killing Your Creativity - Here Are 5 Culprits | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

“ ou’re in the boardroom with your team, everyone is brainstorming ideas, and the whiteboard is turning into a work of erasable-marker art. But you’re reluctant to add creative input, even in a space designed to be free from judgment.”


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In a day and age of more connectivity, is it not surprising that isolation appears on this list?

 

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Chris Wejr's curator insight, April 14, 2015 9:35 AM

Although this is about business, there are some key links to some hurdles to overcome in our schools.

Jenny Ebermann's curator insight, April 22, 2015 2:53 PM

#Mindfulness on the other hand as well as regular pauses, boost #creativity and #innovation!

Dr. Deborah Brennan's curator insight, June 18, 2015 5:29 PM

Pessimism, fear, pressure, isolation, and narrow-mindedness all kill creativity - and all can be present in struggling schools.  No wonder America continues to have schools that year after year fail to succeed.  We need creative problem solving - therefore, we must build school cultures that minimize the fear, pressure, and pessimism that come with being in a struggling school.

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The Creativity Mindset

The Creativity Mindset | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
I absolutely love all of the emphasis on mindsets these days. There are growth mindsets (which I discuss in The Educator with a Growth Mindset: A Staff Workshop) and maker mindsets (which I discuss...

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Philosophers such as Gadamer have written about Bildung which incorporates these characteristics as projects of self-renewal.

 

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 20, 2015 5:25 PM

We often hear of growth mindset and fixed mindset. Is there also a creative mindset? Jackie Gerstein suggests that there is a creative mindset in this post. Why? If a mindset is defined as "ideas and attitudes with which a person approaches a situation"  there is a list of "ideas and attitudes" that may be part of a creative mindset. The visual above provides Gerstein's list of some items she considers important for a creative mindset. The list is also below.

* Believes in one's own creativity

* Embraces curiosity

* Suspends judgement - silences the inner critic

* Tolerates ambiguity

* Persists even when confronted with skepticism and rejection

* Taps into childlike imagination; a child's sense of wonder

Each of these is described in more detail and links to additional resources are provided. There is also a short discussion conditions necessary to facilitate creative mindset in a classroom.

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, March 21, 2015 11:26 AM
Thanks, Beth Dichter. I find the mindsets very understandable and appealing, much like the science habits of mind.
SMARTERTEACHER's curator insight, April 6, 2015 11:48 AM

We must stop educating students out of their creativity and foster an environment that celebrates the creative genius of the students entrusted to our care.

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Abracadabra! Put the Magic in Teaching - Brilliant or Insane

Abracadabra! Put the Magic in Teaching - Brilliant or Insane | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Who cares about high stakes testing? We want to put the magic in teaching.

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Putting the magic back in teaching suggest a need for teachers to find their voice. Teaching is a calling and, when we are so busy we cannot pause and reflect for a moment, we do not hear the call.

 

 

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Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, February 18, 2015 10:36 PM

I love that this article encourages teachers to take a moment with their students and have some creative fun. 

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5 ways to boost creativity in your class

5 ways to boost creativity in your class | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Suvi Salo
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Praise great questions over great answers.

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Creativity in Gifted Children - Definition and Traits

Creativity in Gifted Children - Definition and Traits | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Most of us, when we think of creativity, think of art, music and writing, and encourage our children in those areas. But creativity is much more than that.

Via Sharrock
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Sir Ken Robinson has addressed the way creativity, in the form of divergent thinking, declines after kindergarten. This is especially true for gifted students who challenge and disrupt in stepping outside the box. One aspect of creativity that is not easily embraced in School is that it is disruptive.

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Next Stop - The Underground Creative - Follow the Signs

Next Stop - The Underground Creative - Follow the Signs | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
A personal project can transform into a substantial creative career. But we might not all get stopped by the cops for being a bit too authentic.

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It sounds like fun.

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'Genius hour': Students, what would you like to learn today?

Some schools are building in time for students to work on passion projects -- an idea inspired by Google's 20% time.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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I think this is workable. As a teacher, I asked students what they wanted to learn and worked with them to connect their ideas to the curricula.

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12 Most Striking Tendencies of Creative People

12 Most Striking Tendencies of Creative People | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Kim Phillips shares the 12 Most Striking Tendencies of Creative People.

 

Ever wonder what makes those wacky, creative types tick? How is it that some people seem to come up with all kinds of interesting, original work while the rest of us trudge along in our daily routines?

 

Creative people are different because they operate a little differently.

 


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I don't like rules. I take risks. I collaborate, which means I believe that new ideas are contested and negotiated otherwise I won't show up.

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K'Ailene M. McGlothen's curator insight, February 3, 2014 2:13 PM

Interesting article celebrating the unique traits of creative people.

Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, February 4, 2014 11:33 AM

good list!

Sharla Shults's curator insight, February 22, 2014 8:47 PM

The soul of creativity is...imagination!