Education, Curiosity, and Happiness
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Developing Creativity Through Critical Inquiry

Developing Creativity Through Critical Inquiry | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
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The author presented a critique of what creativity is and is not. Sharon Bailin proposed that creativity is best developed through criitical inquiry, She argued that it is challenging, perhaps impossible to define creativity and its attributes. I wonder if we should not move towards project-based learning as a method to help form critical inquiry?
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Change Your Desk, Change Your Life? – Taking Note – Medium

Change Your Desk, Change Your Life? – Taking Note – Medium | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
The idea that orderliness breeds success reigns supreme. But what if messiness, especially a messy desk, offers its own rewards? What if we could eat healthier, be more generous, or better solve…
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I feel better. My desk is always a mess. My classroom was, too.
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#rawthought: On Ditching the (Dangerous) Dichotomy Between Content Knowledge and Creativity

#rawthought: On Ditching the (Dangerous) Dichotomy Between Content Knowledge and Creativity | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
"Never permit a dichotomy to rule your life..." - Pablo Picasso I've taken this completely out of context (Picasso was alluding to work/life balance and loving your day job), but I think it's applicable nonetheless. I love playing with dichotomy as a concept - particularly a visual one...in fact I've got a few exercises such…
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Creativity is a mindset, not a skill set. We should be curious rather than give way to a canon.
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A founding father of the ADHD diagnosis wrote his own obituary to warn against current…

Shortly before his death on 5 July 2017, Keith Conners helped us write this obituary. He didn’t want to talk himself up, but rather provide one last word of warning on attention deficit hyperactivity…
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Keith Connors "was most recently alarmed by the widespread carelessness in diagnosing ADHD in adults and by the risk that the prescription of stimulants can worsen a missed psychiatric diagnosis. He called the overdiagnosis of ADHD in the US “a national disaster of dangerous proportions.”

This is a challenge. We want conformity and compliance, not creativity and performance.
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A Responsibility to Light: An Illustrated Manifesto for Creative Resilience and the Artist’s Duty in Dark Times

A Responsibility to Light: An Illustrated Manifesto for Creative Resilience and the Artist’s Duty in Dark Times | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
“This is precisely the time when artists go to work,” Toni Morrison wrote in her electrifying case for the artist’s task in troubled times. “There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. That is how civilizations heal.”

But in such times of civilizational trauma, when the book of life itself seems to have come unbound, where are artists — who are not only human but perhaps the most human among us — to find the fortitude of spirit necessary for rising to their healing task?

Illustrator Wendy MacNaughton and writer Courtney E. Martin offer a heartening answer in a collaboration that stands as a mighty manifesto for our time and a testament to the only mechanism by which the creative spirit has ever pulled humanity out of every abyss of its own making.

Via Jim Lerman
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Art can be a path towards social justice, as can teaching.
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You Are Not An “Aspiring Writer” – The Writing Cooperative

You Are Not An “Aspiring Writer” – The Writing Cooperative | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
I bet you dream of being this amazing, insightful writer who can move worlds with their mind. And I bet you dream of creating something beautiful, inspiring, and lasting with this one life you have…
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Like writing, teaching is aspirational. We are always in the process of becoming, but the point is well made: if you are a teacher, a writer, a doctor, etc. you are not aspiring. Despite this, there is and should be something out there that we are drawn towards and are called to do in teaching, writing, and medicine.
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Diane Ravitch Urges Boycott of Standardized Tests, Saying They Do Nothing for Kids But Make Testing Companies Rich

Diane Ravitch Urges Boycott of Standardized Tests, Saying They Do Nothing for Kids But Make Testing Companies Rich | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
"Defend Your Child. Defend Learning. Opt Out." I am very glad that I attended public school during a time when we seldom, if ever, took a standardized test. On the rare occasion when we did, there were no consequences attached to our test scores. Our teachers saw our scores, but we did not. She or he learned something about how we were progressing or not. There was no time devoted to test prep, because the tests didn't matter. Practicing for a test would have been like "practicing" for a visit with the doctor. It makes no sense.
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Standardized tests kill creativity and curiousity. Students and teachers only have to focus on what is on the test. If standardization becomes ubiquitous, does it slide into the background and become normalized?
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Education Readings August 18th

Education Readings August 18th | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
By Allan Alach Apologies for the absence of readings last week. I was hit by a double whammy – our internet connection went down for 48 hours, and then, as soon as that was restored, my computer decided to go on strike. In the end I had to erase the hard drive and reinstall everything.…
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The articles about digital natives and teaching creativity are interesting. The first argues that digital natives do not exist. There is some research to support this thinking. The second explores how we might consider teaching creativity. I am more inclined to think creating is what comes instinctively as we learn.
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Reward, Task Motivation, Creativity and Teaching: Towards a Cross-cultural Examination

Reward, Task Motivation, Creativity and Teaching: Towards a Cross-cultural Examination | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
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There might be cultural differences in how people understand the value of extrinsic motivation and rewards.
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A Call to Action: The Challenges of Creative Teaching and Learning

A Call to Action: The Challenges of Creative Teaching and Learning | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
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"The curriculum paradox: Good curricula and lesson plans are necessary to guide teachers and students down the most effective learning trajectory toward desired learning outcomes. Yet the most effective curricula are those designed to foster improvisational [teaching and] learning within the curricula."

The research (a case study) is a look at creativity and learning as emergent in the classroom. It presents three paradoxes: learning, teaching, and curricular.
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Kids Don’t Fail, Schools Fail Kids: Sir Ken Robinson on the ‘Learning Revolution’

Kids Don’t Fail, Schools Fail Kids: Sir Ken Robinson on the ‘Learning Revolution’ | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
A huge misconception amongst adults, according to Robinson, is that kids don’t like to learn. On the contrary, “my conviction is that kids love to learn. That’s not the problem,” he shared. Rather, “it’s the construct of school” that beats a love to learn out of students, he says.

And why? “The problems tends to arise when kids go to school because the deeper they get in, the more they start to lose interest,” Robinson said, pointing to the United States’ large student dropout percentage as evidence that school—as a system—is failing students.

If it's the system that creates the very problems educators, policymakers and funders keep trying to solve, what is the answer? In Robinson’s mind, there are three themes to be aware of when considering how to change education as it looks today:

1. It’s a time of revolution in many industries across the world. “I mean that literally. There are changes on the planet now that are without precedent,” he said. “We have an exponential rate of technological change, over the past 30 years in particular. We’re heading into a period of even more radical technological innovation, and with it will go entire industries.”

2. If populations are to meet this revolution, we have to think differently, particularly about the individual self. “We have to reframe the abilities of our children. We have deep natural talents, but we have to discover them and cultivate them. If you have a narrow view of ability, you generate an enormous about of inability.”

3. Thus, we have to rethink how we do school. “There are systems we’ve created for efficiency, not to get people to learn things,” Robinson started, later adding, “We organize our kids’ learning by their date of birth. We don’t do that anywhere else, except school.”

Via Miloš Bajčetić
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The question is not what is education for? Dewey described educating and living as essentially being the same. The question is what is school for?

Yes, industries are changing. What cannot do is think we are preparing workers. We can provide skills for children and youth that will enable them to succeed i.e. problem solving and critical thinking. Content is relevant as a vehical to learning skills.
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To Write Better, Relax Already – The Writing Cooperative

To Write Better, Relax Already – The Writing Cooperative | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
When I was learning to play golf, the old guy teaching me spent a lot of time harping about my grip on the club. He wanted me to hold it just so, with the fingers overlapping a certain way, and my…
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When we are learning early in becoming a teacher, a writer, golfiing, etc, we find it difficult to relax. I remember the first time  stood in front of a class it was not a relaxing moment. I grew into that. Hopefully, I will with my writing as well.
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Kids Creativity - 19 Ways to Foster Your Children's Creativity at Home

Kids Creativity - 19 Ways to Foster Your Children's Creativity at Home | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Encourage your kids creativity with these 19 ideas and resolutions, including creating an art space, how you talk about art, displaying kids art and more.

Via Stephania Savva, Ph.D
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Creativity and creating are 24/7 propositions for children. The good habits fostered by parents and teachers at an early age will serve children well as they grow older. Teachers and parents should communicate about what children enjoy creating.
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