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Teaching Math to People Who Think They Hate It

Teaching Math to People Who Think They Hate It | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
If we only teach conceptual approaches to math without developing skill at actually solving math problems, students will feel weak. Their mathematical powers will be flimsy. And if they don't memorize anything, if they don't know the basic facts of addition and multiplication or, later, geometry or still later, calculus, it becomes impossible for them to be creative. It's like in music. You need to have technique before you can create a composition of your own. But if all we do is teach technique, no one will want to play music at all.
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Upright Citizens Brigade Writes Its Book on Improv

Upright Citizens Brigade Writes Its Book on Improv | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
The comedy troupe Upright Citizens Brigade has a new manual for improvisation that adds further discipline to the Second City lessons on the form.
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Improvisation and creativity (small-c)

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7. Self-Efficacy and Social Cognitive Theories - PSYCH 484: Work Attitudes and Job Motivation - Confluence

7. Self-Efficacy and Social Cognitive Theories - PSYCH 484: Work Attitudes and Job Motivation - Confluence | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Albert Bandura’s concept of self-efficacy was developed as part of a larger theory, the Social Learning Theory (Ashford & LeCroy, 2010), which has progressed into the Social Cognitive Theory (Levin, Culkin, & Perrotto, 2001). Social Cognitive Theory was presented by Bandura in response to his dissatisfaction with the principles of behaviorism and psychoanalysis.  In these two theories, the role of cognition in motivation and the role of the situation are largely ignored (Bandura, 1977; as cited in Redmond, 2010). "Unidirectional environmental determinism is carried to its extreme in the more radical forms of behaviorism... but humanists and existentialists, who stress the human capacity for conscious judgment and intentional action, contend that individuals determine what they become by their own free choices. Most psychologists find conceptions of human behavior in terms of unidirectional personal determinism as unsatisfying as those espousing unidirectional environmental determinism. To contend that mind creates reality fails to acknowledge that environmental influences partly determine what people attend to, perceive, and think" (Bandura, 1978, p.344-345).  

Nevid (2009) explains that Social Cognitive Theory illustrates the fact that individuals do not simply respond to environmental influences, but rather they actively seek and interpret information. Individuals “function as contributors to their own motivation, behavior, and development within a network of reciprocally interacting influences” (Bandura, 1999, p. 169). Although Social Cognitive Theory covers many topics such as moral judgment and physiological arousal, research that is primarily focused on self-efficacy, or the beliefs regarding one's capabilities of successfully completing tasks or goals (Locke & Latham, 2002). According to Bandura (2005), social cognitive theory takes on an agentic perspective to change, development and adaptation. Bandura describes an agent as someone who intentionally influences one’s functioning and life circumstances; “In this view, people are self organizing, proactive, self-regulating, and self reflecting. They are contributors to their life circumstances not just products of them” (Bandura, 2005, p. 1).  

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Solving the Innovation Alignment Challenge With an Ecosystem Approach | Office of Innovation and Improvement

Solving the Innovation Alignment Challenge With an Ecosystem Approach | Office of Innovation and Improvement | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

“The lack of innovation in education is not due to a lack of creativity, but the misalignment of student and educator need to the market supply of innovations.” That’s the guiding premise of Innovate NYC Schools, a 2011 i3 Development grantee that is using technology to increase the degree of alignment and making students and teachers integral to the change process. The project is furthering the development and evaluation of the “Education Innovation Ecosystem,” a network of NYC schools, partner districts, solution developers, and investors that is helping to meet the STEM-related learning challenges of middle and high school students.

 
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 7, 2014 1:24 PM

This is written from an economic perspective. Ecosystems are not economies. They are natural and organic, which is kind of what the author is trying to get at. This requires a local grasp of what is to be done.

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How to Recharge Your Creativity

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Do you ever find yourself in a creative funk? Feel like the well of creativity has run dry? Here are a few ideas to prime the pump of creativity.
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This article explores what metacognition is, why it is important and how it develops in children. It argues that teachers need to help children develop metacognitive awareness, and identifies the factors which enhance metacognitive development. Metacognitive thinking is a key element in the transfer of learning. The child's development of metacognitive skills is defined as meta-learning. Meta-teaching strategies can help mediate the metacognitive skills of children, help to stimilate children's metacognitive thinking. The article draws upon reserch currently being undertaken in London schools on raising achievement in thinking and learning through developing the metacognition of children as learners in schools.


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 13, 2013 11:51 AM

This looks like an interesting article.

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An Outsider's Perspective Can Drive Innovation

An Outsider's Perspective Can Drive Innovation | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
There is immense value in an outsider’s perspective in innovation because they don’t have blinders on. Outsiders can make new connections, and will question the dogma within a certain industries’ walled garden.
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LIVE NOW: Young Guru to Discuss Engineering Creativity with HYPETRAK via Live Stream | Clotheshorse

LIVE NOW: Young Guru to Discuss Engineering Creativity with HYPETRAK via Live Stream | Clotheshorse | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Our musically savvy-comrades at HYPETRAK have teamed up with Ogilvy & Mathers' Geometry Global to present Young Guru On Engineering Creativity.
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Intensity and Being Creative | Developing Multiple Talents

Intensity and Being Creative | Developing Multiple Talents | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

A personality trait that may often accompany high sensitivity (experienced by many, or most, creative people) is high intensity.

 

Nicole Kidman gave a nice description of what many other actors and other artists experience: “You live with a lot of complicated emotions as an actor, and they whirl around you and create havoc at times. And yet...you’re consciously and unconsciously allowing that to happen."

 

Psychologist Eric Maisel says that ‘smart’ people often experience challenges with personality and a racing brain that "may be flowing directly from your natural endowment.”


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Coding, Making, and the Arts: Essential Tools for Students

Coding, Making, and the Arts: Essential Tools for Students | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Some of the most important subject areas and activities we want students to learn are the very ones that are left out of many schools: the arts, computer progra

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Chris Carter's curator insight, October 27, 2013 8:32 PM

The 1st 3-minute video alone is worth it.

Mack James's curator insight, October 28, 2013 6:00 AM

encouraging creativity helps inspire learning

Jeff Swanson's curator insight, October 28, 2013 4:04 PM

Keyword: "ESSENTIAL"!

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8 Inventions by Women That Dudes Got Credit For

8 Inventions by Women That Dudes Got Credit For | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Monopoly, nuclear fission, and programming: Ladies did it first.

"From computer programming to nuclear fission to the paper bag machine, it's time to stop erasing these women from their great works."


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This Japanese Latte Art Will Leave You Speechless [PICTURES]

This Japanese Latte Art Will Leave You Speechless [PICTURES] | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
You wish your coffee looked this good.
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Swati Lahiri M.Ed (Curriculum Design)'s comment, June 4, 2013 6:47 AM
I really have no words for such creativity where it can be used in almost every day in life situations and not strictly be restricted to workplace and learning institutions- after all this is where we all want our minds to go...
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Developing Creativity: Excitabilities - Our Teeming Brains

Developing Creativity: Excitabilities - Our Teeming Brains | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
What are Excitabilities? One of the key concepts of Polish psychiatrist and psychologist Kazimierz Dabrowski, MD, PhD (1902 – 1980) is that individuals with strong “overexcitabilities” are good candidates for higher level development. Stephanie Tolan, a writer and advocate for extremely bright children, notes the original Polish word for psychiatrist Dabrowski’s concept of overexcitabilities or …

 

But they also note that many people may not welcome such traits: “Unfortunately, the stronger these overexcitabilities are, the less peers and teachers welcome them.”

 
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Creativity in Gifted Children - Definition and Traits

Creativity in Gifted Children - Definition and Traits | Teacher Tools and Tips | 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.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 10, 2014 2:48 PM

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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How Design Thinking Enables Creative Problem Solving - Innovation 360

How Design Thinking Enables Creative Problem Solving - Innovation 360 | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Design thinking is a user-centered approach for creative problem solving that is marked by building empathy, ideating solutions, and rapid prototyping.

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Francine Pickering's curator insight, April 11, 2014 12:22 PM
Design thinking begins with empathy – developing a deep understanding of a user...
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Journaling to Bring Creative Ideas to Life - The Creative Mind

Journaling to Bring Creative Ideas to Life - The Creative Mind | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Artists, as well as entrepreneurs and other creative people, often use storyboards, journals, mindmapping and other idea tools for developing creative projects.

 

Maybe you kept a diary, or still do. Or use a notebook as a helpful tool for personal growth, and to track your thinking and inspiration. In one video here, en*theos CEO Brian Johnson comments, “I love using journals to capture my thoughts.” In another video, Lisa Sonora Beam talks about the power of visual journaling.


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AleksBlumentals's curator insight, May 6, 2014 3:51 AM

Essential hard work that is

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Unlocking creativity with technology - Kokomo Tribune

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Unlocking creativity with technology
Kokomo Tribune
Northwestern School Corp., Eastern Howard County School Corp. and Western Community School Corp. all have K-12 1:1 technology, which means one tablet per student.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 16, 2013 3:22 PM

Do all students and schools have 1:1 access? Are teachers, students, and others able to reimagine the new roles that will emerge?

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You think you're so smart. You're too verbal...too sensitive | High Ability

You think you're so smart. You're too verbal...too sensitive | High Ability | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Movies with gifted and talented characters may depict positive reactions to characteristics, but also some not so positive reactions to exceptional people.

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The case for structured creativity

The case for structured creativity | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
KILN is a strong advocate of structured creative process underlying a fast-paced front end of innovation cycle. We’ve been asked on more than one occasion to prove the value of structured creative process.
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Where is reflection in the learning process?

Where is reflection in the learning process? | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
The critically reflective habit confers a deeper benefit than that of procedural utility. It grounds not only our actions, but also our sense of who we are as teachers in an examined reality. We know why we believe what we believe. A critically reflective teacher is much better placed to communicate to colleagues and students (as well as to herself) the rationale behind her practice. She works from a position of informed commitment. She knows why she does and thinks, what she does and thinks. Stephen Brookfield
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Changing Our Thinking and Beliefs | TalentDevelop

Changing Our Thinking and Beliefs | TalentDevelop | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Beliefs can be casual thoughts, but also ingrained attitudes about life and abilities, and affect how much we develop creativity and pursue other interests.
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“As a young adult raising a family in a trailer, King started a story inspired by his stint as a janitor cleaning a high-school girls locker room. He crumpled it up, but his writer wife retrieved it from the trash, and using her advice about the girl milieu and his own memories of two reviled teenage classmates who died young, he came up with Carrie.” [Amazon.com summary of On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft by Stephen King.]

 

- See more at: http://talentdevelop.com/55889/changing-thinking-beliefs/#sthash.HnsHjIj2.dpuf

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How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses | Wired Business | Wired.com

How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses | Wired Business | Wired.com | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Students in Matamoros, Mexico weren't getting much out of school -- until a radical new teaching method unlocked their potential.
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I wonder how often educators and writers will skip over the use of competition and group work, and how much they might focus on the idea of letting students explore freely without guidance or directions.

 

from the article: "Juárez Correa had mixed feelings about the test. His students had succeeded because he had employed a new teaching method, one better suited to the way children learn. It was a model that emphasized group work, competition, creativity, and a student-led environment. So it was ironic that the kids had distinguished themselves because of a conventional multiple-choice test. “These exams are like limits for the teachers,” he says. “They test what you know, not what you can do, and I am more interested in what my students can do.”

 
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How Emotional Connections Can Trigger Creativity and Learning | MindShift

How Emotional Connections Can Trigger Creativity and Learning | MindShift | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

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.


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Maree Whiteley's curator insight, March 16, 2013 4:17 AM

Students’ social and emotional reactions to learning are imperative to feeling motivated to learn and to their ability to creatively solve problems, according to Mary Helen Immordino-Yang,

Brenda Robinson's curator insight, March 21, 2014 9:46 AM

That is one great thing about FACEBOOK AND TWITTER, it forms connections and inspires people to "DO" and "ACT".

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John Cleese on the 5 Factors to Make Your Life More Creative

John Cleese on the 5 Factors to Make Your Life More Creative | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
"Creativity is not a talent. It is a way of operating."

Much has been said about how creativity works, its secrets, its origins, and what
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This is a serious talk on creativity and play by John Cleese. from the set-up by Brain Pickings: "

Much has been said about how creativity works, its secrets, its origins, and what we can do to optimize ourselves for it. In this excerpt from his fantastic 1991 lecture, John Cleese offers a recipe for creativity, delivered with his signature blend of cultural insight and comedic genius. Specifically, Cleese outlines “the 5 factors that you can arrange to make your lives more creative”:

 
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