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Catalyzing Creativity: 7 Playful Activity Books for Grown-Ups by Maria Popova Greenlighting mess-making, 101 ways to astonish yourself, and how to flowchart your way to happiness. The intersection of childhood and adulthood is a frequent area of curiosity around here, from beloved children’s books with timeless philosophy for adults to quirky coloring books for the eternal kid. Today, we turn to seven wonderful activity books for grown-ups that inject a little more whimsy and playfulness into your daily grind. "Be a beginner So much of what we want in life relies on our ability to start. If you want to be a writer, you have to start writing. If you want to be a painter, you must start painting. You get the idea. Being is a matter of doing. And yet there’s no time when you’ll look like a bigger fool than at the beginning of something.

about Hey there. My name is Maria Popova and I’m a reader, writer, interestingness hunter-gatherer, and curious mind at large. I’ve previously written for Wired UK, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab, among others, and am an MIT Futures of Entertainment Fellow. The 8 Types Of Imagination It has been said that imagination is more important than knowledge, and for any experienced classroom teacher it is easy to see daily evidence of this. In the June issue of Edudemic Magazine for iPad, we’re going to take a look at the role of imagination (and curiosity) in the learning process, and strategies for leveraging each. In doing research, I happened across an article published over at the international news blog IntoEastAfrica on the different types of imagination, and it occurred to me that though I often think of intelligence and understanding as fluid and diverse, I hadn’t thought of imagination that way. Our Imaginations In the blog post, Dr.

How to get started as an online teacher of English Have you thought about teaching English online? Emma Segev Opens in a new tab or window., second-time winner of the British Council's Teaching English blog award, gives some practical tips and useful websites for getting started. When I first started teaching ten years ago, I was extremely sceptical about the effectiveness of online teaching, but since then I have accumulated a lot of experience. I'd like to share with you a few things I've learned along the way. Getting started

Nabokov on Inspiration and the Six Short Stories Everyone Should Read by Maria Popova “A prefatory glow, not unlike some benign variety of the aura before an epileptic attack, is something the artist learns to perceive very early in life.” “Show up, show up, show up,” Isabel Allende advised, “and after a while the muse shows up, too.” “Inspiration is for amateurs,” Chuck Close famously proclaimed, “the rest of us just show up and get to work.” “When you work regularly,” Gretchen Rubin asserted, “inspiration strikes regularly.” inspiration monday i love to letter quotes in my art journal, but this past weekend i was inspired to do something a little different.....instead of writing the quote in my book, i decided to create a little book just for the quote! i started with two 3" x 6" pieces of torn watercolor paper and randomly painted a few splotches on both sides using watercolors. then i folded each piece of paper in half and started lettering and drawing on the pages. once i had everything the way i wanted...... i sewed the pages together using linen thread...... and voila.....a dreamy little book..... "you've got to have a dream, if you want to have a dream come true"

You Are A Mashup Of What You Let Into Your Life Aaron DeOliveira alerts us to a wonderful presentation by writer/artist/poet Austin Kleon called Steal Like an Artist. It's a little less than 8 minutes, but worth watching: There's a lot in there that will sound familiar if you're a regular reader, but it goes over the simple fact that content creators always build on the works of those they come across, whether on purpose or not. There were two lines that really caught my attention. Why Productive People Work Well With Their Opposites Opposites, as you may know, attract. But they also do something else: Pairing up with someone who provides complementary contrast may actually make the both of you more productive. "We're self-medicating with the other person's personality," says Leigh Thompson, a professor of management at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and author of the Creative Conspiracy. "When you have a deep work-style diversity, that's going to help groups be much more productive.

Content is no longer king. Here are five things that are. Who said content was king? Content is where I expect much of the real money will be made on the Internet, just as it was in broadcasting.— Bill Gates, Content is King, 1996 1996 was a long time ago. In 1996, the first iPhone was still almost a decade away. In 1996, Mark Zuckerberg was 12. Why I Let My Students Cheat On Their Exam by Peter Nonacs| On test day for my Behavioral Ecology class at UCLA, I walked into the classroom bearing an impossibly difficult exam. Rather than being neatly arranged in alternate rows with pen or pencil in hand, my students sat in one tight group, with notes and books and laptops open and available. They were poised to share each other’s thoughts and to copy the best answers.

Top 10 ways to fuel your creativity. Posted January 28th, 2008 The New Oxford American Dictionary defines creativity as “the use of the imagination, or original ideas…” and while the use of original ideas may seem like an easy task, you and I both know how difficult it can really be. Simply coming up with creative ideas can be extremely hard and time consuming, especially for - but not limited to - creative professionals; finding advice on fueling creativity is almost just as hard. That’s why I have compiled this list of the top 10 ways to fuel your creativity. Use these methods whenever your creative juices are running low, and do your best to follow as many of the points as you can.

Austin Kleon on Cultivating Creativity in the Digital Age by Maria Popova The genealogy of ideas, why everything is a remix, or what T.S. Eliot can teach us about creativity.

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