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Everyone agrees that creativity should be one of the outcomes our students achieve. But what is creativity? How to creative people create? How do teachers engineer environments so that students can be more creative? And can we assess creativity?

Hopefully the pearls will help answer these questions. What’s Going on Inside the Brain Of A Curious Child? By Maanvi Singh, NPR How does a sunset work?

What’s Going on Inside the Brain Of A Curious Child?

We love to look at them, but Jolanda Blackwell wanted her 8th graders to really think about them, to wonder and question. So Blackwell, who teaches science at Oliver Wendell Holmes Junior High in Davis, Calif., had her students watch a video of a sunset on YouTube as part of a physics lesson on motion. “I asked them: ‘So what’s moving? And why? '” Once she got the discussion going, the questions came rapid-fire. Students asking questions and then exploring the answers. Blackwell, like many others teachers, understands that when kids are curious, they’re much more likely to stay engaged. Nanabarb sur Twitter : "Fostering curiosity and imagination @lakembapa...

App.emaze. Sue Lowe sur Twitter : "Data doesn't tell us everything - @Ozmrrutter @cameronis07 @DCulberhouse: Measuring Creativity And Innovation? Critical and creative thinking assessments. A Conversation About… Creativity Part 1. A Conversation About… Creativity Part 1. A Conversation About… Creativity Part 2. To mark the one year anniversary of Four O’Clock Faculty, we share a new feature: A Conversation About… Creativity Part 2 Click here for Part 1 We frequently hear the need for creativity and innovation in our current and future workforce.

A Conversation About… Creativity Part 2

Collective%20Wisdom%202014.pdf. Measuring Creativity And Innovation? “Our future prosperity depends on the quality of our collective imaginations.”

Measuring Creativity And Innovation?

-Eric Ries In his book The Lean Startup, Eric Ries shares the thought that, “When I meet with most entrepreneurial teams, I ask them a simple question: How do you know that you’re making progress? Most of them really can’t answer that question.” For which Ries adds, “It’s not enough to just give it a whirl; you’ve got to give it a whirl with purpose and direction.” Dr. Justin Tarte sur Twitter : "What causes creativity... via @ChrisWeissCT #edchat...

Tanya Knight sur Twitter : "7 Habits of Highly Creative People #edchat... Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution! The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education. Nanabarb sur Twitter : "Explicit success criteria about creativity so that students can monitor their performance. Fabulous @lakembaps. Jon Andrews sur Twitter : "Legendary Harvard Psychologist Jerome Bruner: 6 essential conditions for #creativity #edchat. How to Master the Art of “Effective Surprise” and the 6 Essential Conditions for Creativity. By Maria Popova “Passion, like discriminating taste, grows on its use.

How to Master the Art of “Effective Surprise” and the 6 Essential Conditions for Creativity

You more likely act yourself into feeling than feel yourself into action.” One of the greatest preoccupations not only of our culture but of our civilization is the question of what creativity is, dating back to the dawn of recorded thought. But it wasn’t until the advent of modern psychology in the early twentieth century that our answers to the question began to take the shape of something more structured and systematic than metaphysical hunches — there’s Graham Wallace’s model of the four stages of the creative process from 1926, a five-step “technique for producing ideas” from 1939, Arthur Koestler’s famous “bisociation” theory of how creativity works from 1964, and a number of derivative modern ideas. But one of the most compelling in the past century comes from the influential Harvard psychologist Jerome Bruner (b. Jerome Bruner There is something antic about creating, although the enterprise be serious.

101 Ways For Teachers To Be More Creative. Elodie Giroud sur Twitter : "The last discussion on #Creativity with my class from 2014. Little people, great minds! Creative.pdf. Ashoka in conversation with Sir Ken Robinson. Science's Creativity Crisis. Are you as innovative as you want to be?

Science's Creativity Crisis

Although eight of 10 respondents in a poll of thousands of workers from the United States, Europe, and Japan in 2012 said creativity was critical to unlocking global economic potential, only one in four felt they were fulfilling their own creative potential. Almost half complained that they don’t have the skills to be as imaginative as they could be. Ian Jukes sur Twitter : "Mini Guide to Help Students Think Critically. Self reflection of an educator. Sarah Lewis: Embrace the near win. Sandy speicher sur Twitter : "More parents than teachers believe that #creativity will fuel the economy #wise14...

Yong Zhao - World Class Learners. Educational Leadership:Creativity Now!:Creativity on the Brink? Not long ago, I had the wonderful opportunity to visit schools in China and speak to Chinese educators.

Educational Leadership:Creativity Now!:Creativity on the Brink?

Everywhere I went, teachers and administrators asked me the same question: How can we help our students become more flexible, creative thinkers? I was struck by the contrast between these conversations and the ones I most often hear in schools in the United States. In recent years (and for logical reasons), conversations in U.S. schools have focused largely on improving standardized test scores. In China, where test scores (at least in the schools I was visiting) are already high, educators recognize those scores as an insufficient goal. They're interested in learning more about the kind of education that has fueled the United States' traditional strengths in innovation and creativity. Michaela2888 : Here's one facet of 1B's ... Janet Echelman: Taking imagination seriously. Teachers Matter - I've had a request to repost this link:... The six cornerstones of creativity.

Ever wondered what creativity is?

The six cornerstones of creativity

Well, according to men much smarter than me (and contrary to popular opinion), it’s something we’re all born with. Something which, over time, we can all learn to develop. Sorry to shatter all your illusions, but you weren’t bestowed with a special ‘gift’. In fact, a study by George Land reveals we’re all naturally creative. How Do You Define Creativity? Sir Ken Robinson Video Series from Adobe Education. Pomdr : Schools are killing creativity. ... Rachaellehr : Don't be afraid to fail... ... 18 Free Mind Mapping Tools for Teachers and Students. 1- SpiderScribe This is a great mind mapping tool that allows users to easily visualize their ideas by connecting various pieces of information together and create free style maps.

18 Free Mind Mapping Tools for Teachers and Students

It also combines elements like text, images, files, calendar events and geographic locations. 2- EdistormEdistorm is a great web2.0 tool for educators. Cultivating Creative-Mindedness. Professor Guy Claxton will be speaking at the 2014 WISE Summit When people talk about education, they often focus on two dimensions.

Cultivating Creative-Mindedness

One is: What shall we teach children? The other is: How will we know if they’ve learned it? Curriculum and Assessment. These dominate educational debate worldwide. Teachers strongly influence the mental skills that students activate in their classrooms. I was chatting to a group of history teachers the other day, and we got on to the subject of young people’s lack of critical awareness as they browsed the Internet. Educational Leadership:Creativity Now!:Assessing Creativity. Why "20% Time" is Good for Schools.

Have you ever met an adult who doesn't really love what they do, but just goes through the motions in their job and everyday life?

Why "20% Time" is Good for Schools

Have you spoken with men and women who constantly complain, showing no visible passion for anything in the world? I'm sure that, like me, you have met those people. Mark Ronson: The exhilarating creativity of remixing. Janet Echelman: Taking imagination seriously. Ken Robinson: 10 talks on education. How to Build Students' Creative Confidence. I recently visited a school district where teachers are experimenting with Genius Hour. Sometimes called 20 percent time after the Google practice of reserving a day a week for individual research, Genius Hour offers students a regular time each week to tackle projects that reflect their personal interests and passions.

(Blogger A.J. Juliani explains the reasoning behind 20 percent time.) When I stopped by an elementary class during Genius Hour, I found students with no shortage of project ideas -- from rocketry to the history of ceramics. Their main challenge was finding enough time in the coming weeks to get to all the wonderful questions they were eager to explore. It was a different story in middle school. Audri's Rube Goldberg Monster Trap. Six Essentials to Foster Creativity and Innovation in the Classroom. I was overjoyed when I read the news that the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) had added creativity and innovation to its standards. While many of us pioneers in the education technology movement have assumed these goals were implied, it is wonderful to see them made "official. " To me, technology lives up to its true potential only when we approach it creatively. At its best, technology allows us to make new connections and share new ideas.

It also allows us to test theories, bend the rules, see the results, react and modify. We can use it to connect and collaborate and to see what else is possible. The very simple but human act of listening can change a life. The past test-centric decade has been challenging for both students and teachers, but I am confident that we're heading into the decade of creativity and innovation. -generate new ideas, new products and new processes; -create original works as a means to personal or group expression; Creativity Now!:Assessing Creativity. YouTube. The Real Neuroscience of Creativity. 87Share Synopsis "The latest findings from the real neuroscience of creativity suggest that the right brain/left brain distinction is not the right one when it comes to understanding how creativity is implemented in the brain. Creativity does not involve a single brain region or single side of the brain. " 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?

No. Just no. Stop it. Please. Thoughtful cognitive neuroscientists such as Anna Abraham, Mark Beeman, Kalina Christoff, Andreas Fink, Jeremy Gray, Rex Jung, John Kounios, Hikaru Takeuchi, Oshin Vartanian, Darya Zabelina and others are on the forefront of investigating what actually happens in the brain during the creative process. Importantly, many of these brain regions work as a team to get the job done, and many recruit structures from both the left and right side of the brain.

Session 163 – “Creativity, it turns out, is often practice in disguise…” As Children’s Freedom Has Declined, So Has Their Creativity.