Collaborating with a 4-year Old One day, while my daughter was happily distracted in her own marker drawings, I decided to risk pulling out a new sketchbook I had special ordered. It had dark paper, and was perfect for adding highlights to. I had only drawn a little in it, and was anxious to try it again, but knowing our daughter’s love of art supplies, it meant that if I wasn’t sly enough, I might have to share. (Note: I’m all about kid’s crafts, but when it comes to my own art projects, I don’t like to share.) Since she was engrossed in her own project, I thought I might be able to pull it off.
Twelve Things You Were Not Taught in School About Creative Thinking 2342 486Share Synopsis Aspects of creative thinking that are not usually taught. 1. Semir Zeki: Beauty is in the brain of the beholder Beauty isn’t in the eye of the beholder – it’s in the brain, according to a 2011 paper in the online journal PLoS One. And in a very specific part of the braia, too: the medial orbito-frontal cortex, located just behind the eyes. That’s according to co-author of the new PLoS One paper and brain expert Professor Semir Zeki, of the University College London. The Future of Education: 10 Trends To Watch It is that time of the year when we tend to pause and reflect. What did we achieve last year? What are the highlights of culture, business, technology, and trends that we have observed around us? For me, the most exciting and positive movement at present is in the domain of technology impacting education.
5 Ways Creativity Leads to Productivity Business leaders tirelessly chase productivity. Everything we do -- every hiring decision, every software purchase, every reorganization -- all boils down to wringing out just a little bit more. Productivity is the turning of the gears, the day-to-day execution and (hopefully) excellence that keeps the lights on and the numbers in the black. 6 Awesome Visualization Tools to Bring Out Your Inner Graphic Designer They say a picture is worth a thousand words—but online, a chart or infographic could be worth a thousand backlinks. What’s that you say? You’re the farthest thing from a graphic designer? No problem. Here are seven of our favorite online visualization tools that make all that data creative, fun and engaging.
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The Daily Routines Of 26 Of History's Most Creative Minds Even Beethoven and Balzac had just 24 hours in a day. How did history's most prolific minds schedule their greatness? Based on research from Mason Currey’s Daily Rituals: How Artists Work (which we covered previously here), a new interactive infographic by creative marketing agency Distilled offers us mere mortals insight into the daily routines of 26 famous artists, writers, composers, and thinkers. Organized from earliest to latest risers, the visualization reveals hours spent sleeping, eating, working, bathing, socializing, and exercising (good news for the lazy: most of these greats preferred casual strolls to pumping iron). Perhaps what stands out most is how few of these creative people had good old-fashioned day jobs.
CPS (Creative Problem Solving) model Notes from Gary Davis's Creativity is Forever - 1998 Kendall Hunt The strategy originally was formulated by Alex Osborn (1963), creator of brainstorming, founder of the Creative Education Foundation (CEF) and co-founder of a highly successful New York advertising agency. Sidney Parnes, a bright and creative person who followed Osborn as President of CEF, invested nearly 40 years teaching creativity workshops and course and thinking about the creative process. The model is usually presented as five steps, but sometimes a preliminary step is added called mess-finding which involves locating a challenge or problem to which to apply the model. The total six stages are:
7 Steps To Compel Creativity It is said that art imitates life. To be able to express oneself creatively is both powerful and fulfilling. True creativity resides within all of us, but because of the power of creativity those that aren’t ‘naturally gifted’ feel intimidated to even try. By breaking down the fundamental layers of creativity, we see that the process of creating art is not only simple, but can be applied to all activities of your life – whether you are organizing a file cabinet or painting a self portrait, these 7 steps will help you find art in all that you do in life.
Is a more disorganized brain a more creative brain In Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation, Steven Johnson posits that “the more disorganized your brain is, the smarter you are” in reference to the results of a neuroscience experiment by Robert Thatcher. Across the board, in Johnson’s book and other sources it seems pretty clear that creativity is messy. Ideas need to be sloshing around or crashing in to one another to produce breakthroughs: Johnson cites research showing that the volume of ideas bouncing about make large cities disproportionately more creative than smaller towns.Having multiple hobbies allows your brain to subconsciously compare and contrast problems and solutions, forming new connections at the margins of each.Similarly, reading multiple books at the same time vs serially lets your brain juxtapose new ideas and develop new connections.Wandering minds are more creative.Studying a field “too much” doesn’t limit creativity — it does the opposite.
8 Things to Look For in Today’s Classroom As I think that leaders should be able to describe what they are looking for in schools I have thought of eight things that I really want to see in today’s classroom. I really believe that classrooms need to be learner focused. This is not simply that students are creating but that they are also having opportunities to follow their interests and explore passions.1 The teacher should embody learning as well.