Increasingly, educators are looking to research about how kids learn to influence teaching practices and tools. What seemed like on-the-fringe experiments, like game-based learning, have turned into real trends, and have gradually made their way into many (though certainly not most) classrooms.
When people say, “I’m just not the creative type,” IDEO founder David Kelley refutes that assumption with the idea that if they stick with it long enough, their creativity will inevitably come through. Kelley talks about the idea of “guided mastery” — it’s a practice that parents and educators can use to help kids find … Continue reading The Importance of Fostering Kids’ Creative Confidence →
Jeremy Rusnock/Courtesy Imagination Stage By Elizabeth Blair, NPR Let’s start with a question from a standardized test: “How would the world be different if we all had a third eye in the back of our heads?” It’s not a typical standardized question, but as part of the Next Generation Creativity Survey, it’s used to help … Continue reading Is It Possible to Measure Creativity? →
Innovation and the current classroom model most often operate as antagonists. The system is evolving, but not quickly enough to get young people ready for the new world. But there are a number of ways that teachers can bypass the system and offer students the tools and experiences that spur an innovative mindset. Here are ten ideas.
Getty Bestselling author and educational expert Alan November’s new book Who Owns the Learning?: Preparing Students for Success in the Digital Age compiles lessons learned over 30 years of educational experience. Beginning with his first teaching job, November began to realize that the most powerful education happens when students take ownership of their learning and … Continue reading Four Meaningful Ways Students Can Contribute →
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. Students’ social and emotional reactions to learning are imperative to feeling motivated to learn and to their ability to … Continue reading How Emotional Connections Can Trigger Creativity and Learning →
If kids can access information from sources other than school, and if school is no longer the only place where information lives, what, then happens to the role of this institution? “Our whole reason for showing up for school has changed, but infrastructure has stayed behind,” said Diana Laufenberg, who taught history at the progressive … Continue reading Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways Into Inquiry Learning →
If it’s true that fostering creativity in learning is not just a nice notion, but an imperative, then educators must find a way to integrate it into a system that has not made this intangible, un-testable attribute a priority. More and more, teachers are becoming alerted to the idea that nurturing creative minds is necessary … Continue reading Nurturing the Next Van Gogh? Start With Small Steps →
Flickr:Svintus2010 By Holly Korbey In Sherri Scott’s first grade class, the daily “main lesson” pages students work on — essentially their handmade textbooks made up of words, numbers, and artwork — are copied straight from the old-fashioned blackboard, not created. And that’s the point. “It’s what we do in Waldorf schools,” Scott says. “In the … Continue reading Can Repetitive Exercises Actually Feed the Creative Process? →
Free, unstructured playtime gives kids a chance to discover their interests and tap into their creativity. It’s a crucial element for building resilience in children, an attribute they’ll need in order to become happy, productive adults. That’s Kenneth Ginsburg’s thesis and the core of his book Building Resilience in Children and Teens. Ginsburg, a pediatrician … Continue reading How Free Play Can Define Kids’ Success →
Esteemed education advocate Sir Ken Robinson explains in this short but compelling video why creativity is crucial for learning, and why it will require a transformation in the way schools work. In his words, “Creativity is not an option, it’s an absolute necessity.”