Creativity

Kindergartners Get Little Time to Play. Why Does it Matter?

Summary:  This article presents some research on how Kindergarten has changed over the years and has become more rigorously focused on academic instruction.  As a result, elements of play and socialization that had traditionally characterized the kindergarten experience have all but disappeared from today’s kindergarten classroom.  The author also provides a rationale for the importance …

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3 Ways Schools Can Incorporate Play into Innovative Instruction

Summary: In a time where the focus is on academics and achievement even for our youngest students. the importance of imaginative play has been pushed to the side in favor of teaching young students reading and writing.  The importance of “soft-skills” in an increasingly high-stakes environment is still critical to children’s development. Source:  Kate Schimel, …

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These 3 schools focus on creativity over standardization

Summary: Sir Ken Robinson, best known for his viral 2006 TED Talk, “How School Kill Creativity,” urges schools to color outside the lines, detailing how he sees standardization killing creativity and student achievement. Instead of focusing on tests and rote memorization, he recommends personalized learning that is organic and molded after the specific interests and needs …

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Teacher’s Guide to Digital Storytelling

Summary:  Perhaps the most exciting thing about digital storytelling is that it teaches so many fundamental skills using a medium in which students are already fundamentally interested — and, notably, one that will prove essential for them as they move up the academic chain and on to their careers. Digital storytelling techniques do not simply …

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Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?

Summary: In this TED Talk, which is the most watched TED Talk of all time, Sir Ken Robinson speaks about how our current education system stifles children’s creativity. Source: Sir Ken Robinson, TED Talk, June 2006,  see also http://www.ted.com/speakers/sir_ken_robinson Categories:  Creativity, Classroom Practice, Student Engagement Description: Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving …

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The Five Habits of Creative Teachers

Summary:  This article talks about how to harness creativity in an educational system that often stifles it.  Read about five habits that help teachers maintain their creative approach to teaching and learning. Source: By Cathleen Nardi, Melissa Goodwin, Tracee Vetting Wolf, Strawberry-Blue Olive, and Maureen Maher Wizel, Ed Week Teacher, August 19, 2014 Categories: Classroom …

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‘Grit’ May Not Spur Creative Success, Scholars Say

Summary:  New studies presented at the American Psychological Association’s annual conference here last week suggest grit may not do as much to boost creative achievement as it does for academics. Source: by Sarah D. Sparks, Education Week, Published Online: August 19, 2014 Categories: Grit, Performance Values, Creativity Description: Inventor Thomas A. Edison once famously said, …

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