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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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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.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

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

 

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This is the Gift That Keeps on Giving – Personal Growth – Medium

It was a wonderful school that focused on the basics of reading, writing, arithmetic, history, foreign languages and art. Placing a binder full of blank paper in front of a kid who loves to draw is…
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"What is the creative or artful thing that quickens your heart?"

This is a great question. Do not limit it to the obvious i.e. poetry . I think of teaching as a creative space. I watch a friend with horses and it is creative.

Another point in the article is that doodling is a form of art and note taking. Although I am not an artist in terms of drawing and painting, I doodle when I take notes. It sticks with me. I encouraged students to use their creative skills in similar ways.
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Creative teaching and learning - Managing the school day to develop personalised learning / Inspiration from Picasso, Marie Clay and John Holt

Creative teaching and learning - Managing the school day to develop personalised learning /  Inspiration from Picasso, Marie Clay and John Holt | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
A good time in NZ for creative thinking Education Readings By Allan Alach The demise of national standards in New Zealan
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There is focus on creativity and fine arts in these links.
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What Creativity Really Is - and Why Schools Need It | #ModernEDU #ModernLEARNing 

What Creativity Really Is - and Why Schools Need It | #ModernEDU #ModernLEARNing  | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
What is creativity?


Although creativity is often defined in terms of new and useful products, I believe it makes more sense to define it in terms of processes. Specifically, creativity involves cognitive processes that transform one’s understanding of, or relationship to, the world.

A society thrives when individuals are given the space to create or imitate ideas. 

There may be adaptive value to the seemingly mixed messages that teachers send about creativity. Creativity is the novelty-generating component of cultural evolution. As in any kind of evolutionary process, novelty must be balanced by preservation.

In biological evolution, the novelty-generating components are genetic mutation and recombination, and the novelty-preserving components include the survival and reproduction of “fit” individuals. In cultural evolution, the novelty-generating component is creativity, and the novelty-preserving components include imitation and other forms of social learning.

It isn’t actually necessary for everyone to be creative for the benefits of creativity to be felt by all. We can reap the rewards of the creative person’s ideas by copying them, buying from them or simply admiring them. Few of us can build a computer or write a symphony, but they are ours to use and enjoy nevertheless.

 

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Creativity in the classroom is challenging and disrupts. Good teachers do not let that stop them from engaging creative students. For example, in Science Fair projects ask students to explore what interests them and, if their hypothesis is inaccurate, ask them to describe why that happened.

Too often, we treat creativity as if it were soemthing completely novel. It is quite often something that is added to an existing idea, product, process, etc.
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Gust MEES's curator insight, October 4, 2017 7:52 PM
What is creativity?


Although creativity is often defined in terms of new and useful products, I believe it makes more sense to define it in terms of processes. Specifically, creativity involves cognitive processes that transform one’s understanding of, or relationship to, the world.

A society thrives when individuals are given the space to create or imitate ideas. 

There may be adaptive value to the seemingly mixed messages that teachers send about creativity. Creativity is the novelty-generating component of cultural evolution. As in any kind of evolutionary process, novelty must be balanced by preservation.

In biological evolution, the novelty-generating components are genetic mutation and recombination, and the novelty-preserving components include the survival and reproduction of “fit” individuals. In cultural evolution, the novelty-generating component is creativity, and the novelty-preserving components include imitation and other forms of social learning.

It isn’t actually necessary for everyone to be creative for the benefits of creativity to be felt by all. We can reap the rewards of the creative person’s ideas by copying them, buying from them or simply admiring them. Few of us can build a computer or write a symphony, but they are ours to use and enjoy nevertheless.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

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

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/?s=creativity

 

ava smith's curator insight, October 6, 2017 10:54 AM
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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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Nataša Pantović Nuit'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
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Einstein was an Artist: How Creativity Actually Works

Our entire construct of the world depends on language. What we see isn’t what the universe has defined, but what our brains have learned to label. English distinguishes a scientist as someone who…
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Albert Einstein was an artist, scientist, philosopher, humanitarian, etc. We are more than one thing. John Dewey referred to life as a meta-vocation.
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Unconventional Methods to Engage Your Creative Writing students

Unconventional Methods to Engage Your Creative Writing students | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
I consider myself quite lucky to be teaching creative writing workshops independently, which allows greater freedom of lesson choices, and the ability to establish a relaxed non-school environment…
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Sit in a circle and relax. Emphasize fun, listen, teach by example, ask questions to prompt, and read genres of interest to students.
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Is creative work REALLY worth the time in the classroom? - YouTube

Creative work can be messy. It can be time-consuming. Teachers may wonder, "Is it really worth the effort? Is creative work worth doing?"

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The answer is yes. What we have to remember is, when we present to teachers, always caution against a simple copying of what we do in our classrooms.
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10 Tools for Your Students’ Creativity Toolbox

10 Tools for Your Students’ Creativity Toolbox | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Creativity is a process, and you can guide students to develop theirs with a set of tools for different situations.

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The portfolio and journals help students and teachers track growth.
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