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How Creative Teaching Improves Students’ Executive Function Skills | #Creativity

How Creative Teaching Improves Students’ Executive Function Skills | #Creativity | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
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Teaching creatively, no matter the age group, grade level, or subject matter, not only improves the students’ creativity skills but also enhances their executive function networks.

… To be ready for college, the workforce, and a life in a technological society, students need the ability to gather, comprehend, evaluate, synthesize, and analyze an overwhelming volume of information … Executive Functions plus a strong base of core knowledge are the essential skills for success in today’s world. For students to think critically, collaboratively, and communicate effectively, these must be strengthened.

 

To adequately prepare for success in careers or higher education, students need guided opportunities to construct strong networks of executive functions. Without this preparation to develop executive functions during the school years, students can fall short. They may lack requirements for higher education and the competitive job market including the skill sets needed for cognitive flexibility, successful communication, collaboration, or creative innovation.

 

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https://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=Creative-Thinking

 


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This is a research-based article that underscores the merits of teaching creatively.
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Gust MEES's curator insight, January 11, 3:46 PM
Synopsis
Teaching creatively, no matter the age group, grade level, or subject matter, not only improves the students’ creativity skills but also enhances their executive function networks.

… To be ready for college, the workforce, and a life in a technological society, students need the ability to gather, comprehend, evaluate, synthesize, and analyze an overwhelming volume of information … Executive Functions plus a strong base of core knowledge are the essential skills for success in today’s world. For students to think critically, collaboratively, and communicate effectively, these must be strengthened.

 

To adequately prepare for success in careers or higher education, students need guided opportunities to construct strong networks of executive functions. Without this preparation to develop executive functions during the school years, students can fall short. They may lack requirements for higher education and the competitive job market including the skill sets needed for cognitive flexibility, successful communication, collaboration, or creative innovation.

 

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https://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=Creative-Thinking

 

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Benjamin Boorman's curator insight, January 14, 9:41 PM
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Teaching creatively, no matter the age group, grade level, or subject matter, not only improves the students’ creativity skills but also enhances their executive function networks.

… To be ready for college, the workforce, and a life in a technological society, students need the ability to gather, comprehend, evaluate, synthesize, and analyze an overwhelming volume of information … Executive Functions plus a strong base of core knowledge are the essential skills for success in today’s world. For students to think critically, collaboratively, and communicate effectively, these must be strengthened.

 

To adequately prepare for success in careers or higher education, students need guided opportunities to construct strong networks of executive functions. Without this preparation to develop executive functions during the school years, students can fall short. They may lack requirements for higher education and the competitive job market including the skill sets needed for cognitive flexibility, successful communication, collaboration, or creative innovation.

 

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https://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=Creative-Thinking

 

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Inverse Relationship Between GPA and Innovative Orientation

Inverse Relationship Between GPA and Innovative Orientation | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Students today are stressed out about grades, more so than ever before. A few months ago I published a post (here) with evidence that this is so for college students. Many students responded to that…
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Marks are quite often a sign of how compliant and conforming a student was/is. It may depend on how marks are arrived at. For example, do well-used rubrics and portfolios shed a different light on these findings?
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Bringing Soft Skills to the Forefront: How Higher Ed (and Continuing Ed) Must Adapt

Bringing Soft Skills to the Forefront: How Higher Ed (and Continuing Ed) Must Adapt | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

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These soft skills, communciation, cooperating, critical thinking, and creativity, should be taught and learned from the earliest ages in our schools.
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Sir Ken Robinson: How to Create a Culture For Valuable Learning

Sir Ken Robinson: How to Create a Culture For Valuable Learning | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
There are still many disagreements about how to improve the education system so that children graduate with the skills and dispositions they will need to succeed in life. Education reform discussions often center on how to tweak existing mechanisms, but what if the system itself is creating the problems educators and policymakers are trying to solve? That’s the theory favored by author and TED-talk sensation Sir Ken Robinson.

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We designed schools for conformity and compliance and they do a wonderful job, but the world we inhabit is diverse. We end up defining intelligence in a narrow way, excluding large numbers of students.

Ken Robinson proposes letting students explore what the world and learning mean to them. There is a John Dewey element in his use of language i.e. growing.
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Promoting inventiveness in the classroom

Promoting inventiveness in the classroom | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

We are all familiar with invention—the process of creating something new and useful. But what about the creativity factors that play a large role in this process? The form of creativity leading to invention is called inventiveness. How can you lead your teachers or colleagues to promote inventiveness in the classroom?

The Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development at the University of Iowa includes a great overview of inventiveness in their “Invent Iowa Curriculum Guide”. Invent Iowa, started in 1987, was created to help teachers promote the invention process in their classrooms as well as allow students to showcase their inventions at state and local conventions. The Invent Iowa guide states inventiveness includes four components.
1. Fluency– the ability to brainstorm
2. Flexibility– the ability to think in new and different ways
3. Elaboration– the ability to add details or missing parts
4. Originality– the ability to create things that are new


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The Real Neuroscience of Creativity

The Real Neuroscience of Creativity | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
So yea, you know how the left brain is really realistic, analytical, practical, organized, and logical, and the right brain is so darn creative, passionate, sensual, tasteful, colorful, vivid, and poetic?

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Research is demonstrating that the neuroscience of creativity is more like a conversation between different parts of the brain. It is not isolated to one region or another.
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The Creativity Crisis: It’s Getting Worse

The Creativity Crisis: It’s Getting Worse | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
This is an executive summary of a follow-up report (2017) of “The Creativity Crisis” (Kim, 2011) that discovered American creativity in decline since the 1990s. The full report has been reviewed by several researchers, but it will not be public until it has gone through a lengthy review process.

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I agree there is a rcreativity crisis. I would go one step further and argue it is a result of limiting the creativity of teachers. When we standardize teaching and learning, we limit the creative possibilities.
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Flow States, Leadership -- and Storytelling

Flow States, Leadership -- and Storytelling | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Think of the last time you were completely immersed in a particular activity. You lost track of time; your concentration was at its maximum; it was instantly clear what to do next and how; all the…

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To be fully engaged in what one is doing is essential. Time appears to stand still in those moments. Educating is leading, thus pedagogy/andragogy, which also involve leading, can involve flow.
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Dr. Karen Dietz's curator insight, April 7, 2017 12:07 PM

Here's a quick, but really good article on the significance of flow states and improved leadership.

 

What's a flow state? As the author Evan Sinar says, it's "total absorption in the task at hand; the task taking precedence over everything else, and actively working on the task itself becomes its own reward."

 

We've all had these types of experiences where we are 'in the zone' and we lose sense of time. Productivity and creativity soars when we are in a flow state.

 

Sinar discusses why flow states for leadership are important, companies who are focusing on this as part of their leadership development, and how to set up flow state experiences.

 

Here's my addition -- for years I've noticed that when a person is immersed in telling a story, it's actually inducing a little mini-flow state. The higher the risk (i.e. a big presentation), the more intense the flow state.

 

The more you develop your storytelling skills,  you are actually at the same time building your flow state muscles. The more you experience flow states, the easier it is to trigger them. 

 

Pretty neat, huh?

 

Story on and get into flow!

 

This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it. Check out her website at www.juststoryit.com

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How to Change Education - Ken Robinson - YouTube | #ModernEDU #Creativity #ModernLEARNing 

Sir Ken Robinson addresses the fundamental economic, cultural, social and personal purposes of education. He argues that education should be personalised to every student's talent, passion, and learning styles, and that creativity should be embedded in the culture of every single school.

 

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https://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=Sir+Ken+Robinson

 


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We have to be careful when we speak about economic goals of schooling. John Dewey proposed that learning happens in the midst of the moment we are embedded in. If we do a good job of teaching that way, students will grow in ways that allow them to be ready for the next growth.
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Gust MEES's curator insight, December 15, 2017 11:08 AM
Sir Ken Robinson addresses the fundamental economic, cultural, social and personal purposes of education. He argues that education should be personalised to every student's talent, passion, and learning styles, and that creativity should be embedded in the culture of every single school.

 

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https://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=Sir+Ken+Robinson

 

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Education Readings November 24th

Education Readings November 24th | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
By Allan Alach The demise of national standards in New Zealand schools opens the door to a return to more progressive, child centred learning. In the first article, Bruce Hammonds gives his take on the possibilities in the post national standards classroom. All progressive teachers should read this. I welcome suggested articles, so if you…
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There are links to articles about creativity, questioning, progressie schools, and fine arts in school.
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Why You Should have a Messy Desk | #Creativity 

Why You Should have a Messy Desk | #Creativity  | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Why You Should have a Messy Desk! Einstein: “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?” Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, and Mark Twain...

 

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I must be incredibly creative.
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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, November 6, 2017 3:05 PM
Just want to say my desk is very messy! Good for me I think :) 
D33ana Sumadianti's curator insight, November 16, 2017 3:49 AM
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David Alexander's curator insight, January 30, 8:20 AM
My office space, almost exactly!
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What are the 6Cs and why are they important? - via Beth Holland

What are the 6Cs and why are they important? - via Beth Holland | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
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The infograhic is helpful. I am not convinced that these are new skills. John Dewey wrote about character, learning as social, communicating, problem solving, etc. a century ago.
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Shari Flynt Williamson's curator insight, October 21, 2017 10:13 PM
This article adds Citizenship and Character Development to the 4C's.  I agree!
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Divergent thinking

Divergent thinking | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Divergent thinking is essential for creativity. It is the ability to see lots of possible ways to interpret a question and lots of possible answers to it.

It is a thought process used to generate creative ideas by exploring many possibilities. Instead of taking obvious steps and walking alon

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One of the essential elements of divergent thinking is meditating, exploring, and reflecting on what we learn. This should include adults.
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Nuit Alchemy of Love's curator insight, December 20, 2016 9:22 AM
Divergent Thinking Article in Times by Natasa Pantovic Nuit (Author of 7 Mindfulness Books). 'For Divergent Thinking to happen the classroom environment has to be a safe place for students to experiment, make mistakes and take risks. The environment has to be safe to fail, revise and try again...'
De Ge's curator insight, September 23, 2017 10:28 AM
Divergent thinking, from Conscious Parenting book
Mindfulness Love's curator insight, October 24, 2017 5:10 AM
inspiring interesting!
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Learning by Writing Fiction

Learning by Writing Fiction | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Imagining another person’s internal life; inhabiting the mental world of someone whose views oppose yours; articulating a conflict from multiple viewpoints; considering the agendas of people creating narratives. To what job or field of learning would these skills not be relevant? Writing stories develops these abilities, whether one is writing a science fiction tale or a love story, whether one is studying in an academic program or learning how to write on one’s own. The idea that fiction-writing is personal and self-indulgent comes from the fallacy that writing means withdrawing from life. On the contrary, writing fiction means embracing the world: rethinking one’s experiences, imagining other people’s experiences, and reaching toward what is not yet imaginable. I would urge anyone who has ever wanted to write to get started and ignore any talk of guilt. Some would argue that this will flood the world with bad fiction, but they may also fear the astounding writing that will emerge. Widespread writing could create teachers, doctors, business-owners, and designers who are better observers and better listeners. The failed writer isn’t the one who can’t get published; it’s the one who has always wanted to write but never tried.


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"Widespread writing could create teachers, doctors, business-owners, and designers who are better observers and better listeners"
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Be So Prolific, They Can’t Ignore You – The Mission – Medium

Be So Prolific, They Can’t Ignore You – The Mission – Medium | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Creativity is a central source of meaning in our lives. The world needs more creators, not consumers. We have come this far because a few bold innovators and creators chose to create, build, make, do…

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The focus is on creativity and teaching. The essence of teaching is to learn. What do I need to know to teach this?
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malek's curator insight, April 17, 2017 7:29 PM

Is being prolific a requirement for being creative? No, not at all. Many great writers and artists create their master works, and then are done. Others, are more prolific.

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Leading Beyond the Status Quo – 3 Filters for Employee Engagement | WebTalkRadio.net

Leading Beyond the Status Quo – 3 Filters for Employee Engagement | WebTalkRadio.net | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Studies show that around 80 percent of workers are not passionate about what they do. Here are 3 ways to start changing the status quo.


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We need different people running many organizations.

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Karin Sebelin's comment, May 14, 2013 12:55 PM
Thinking to feel empathy and really feeling empathy it is a great difference :-)
Karin Sebelin's comment, May 14, 2013 1:05 PM
We should never speak theoretically about empathy :-) Empathy is a practice!
Maya Mathias's comment, May 14, 2013 5:12 PM
Thanks for all the shares and comments! It was truly a joy to serve and I'm glad it resonates.