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Fuel Creativity in the Classroom With Divergent Thinking

Fuel Creativity in the Classroom With Divergent Thinking
Recently, I showed a group of students in my high school art class a film called Ma Vie En Rose (My Life in Pink), about a seven-year-old boy named Ludovic who identifies as female. Ludovic has an active imagination, but is bullied by both adults and other kids who are unnerved by his desire to wear dresses and play with dolls. The film challenged my students to broaden their understanding of gender and identity and led to a discussion about ways in which our imaginations are limited when we are forced to be who we are not. It also reminded me of other examples in which character is forced to choose an identity, such as the movie Divergent, based on the popular trilogy of novels by Veronica Roth. In Divergent, a dystopian future society has been divided into five factions based on perceived virtues. Defining Divergent Thinking The word divergent is partly defined as "tending to be different or develop in different directions." In the Classroom: Strategies Strategy #2: Let the Music Play Related:  Creativity and Empathypå engelska

18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently This list has been expanded into the new book, “Wired to Create: Unravelling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind,” by Carolyn Gregoire and Scott Barry Kaufman. Creativity works in mysterious and often paradoxical ways. Creative thinking is a stable, defining characteristic in some personalities, but it may also change based on situation and context. Inspiration and ideas often arise seemingly out of nowhere and then fail to show up when we most need them, and creative thinking requires complex cognition yet is completely distinct from the thinking process. Neuroscience paints a complicated picture of creativity. As scientists now understand it, creativity is far more complex than the right-left brain distinction would have us think (the theory being that left brain = rational and analytical, right brain = creative and emotional). While there’s no “typical” creative type, there are some tell-tale characteristics and behaviors of highly creative people. They daydream. They “fail up.”

Mix It Up! Authentic Activities for the World Language Classroom Do you ever feel stuck in a rut while planning your language classes? Perhaps you spend a lot of time lecturing at the white board, use the same activities with different vocabulary for every unit, or rely on teaching students grammar because that's how you were taught. No matter your "go to" activity, we are all much more engaging when we vary our activities and make them relatable. When dreaming up new activities, our main focus should always be authenticity. In a previous Edutopia post, I outlined how to best shape a unit around communication. Interpretive Mode Read children’s stories. Interpersonal Mode Engage your students in these activities: Sign a contract on the first day of school promising to use only the target language within your classroom walls. Presentational Mode Have students do these: Create a comic strip. 5 Rules for the 3 Modes In order to help students better master the units we teach, remember these rules when selecting activities: They must be authentic.

How to Promote Creative Thinking Creative use of books inspires children to think up ways to manage their own personal troubles as they listen to how a character in a story is coping. Read books that stimulate children's ability to enter into the adventures of others and recreate scenarios. These books often help heal a worry in a child. Adventures to Explore The Dusk Fairy* by Keith Faulkner (Scholastic Inc.; $7.95)Hey, Little Antby Phillip M. Problems to Solve Aaron's Hair* by Robert Munsch (Scholastic Inc.; $11.95) Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst (Scholastic Inc.; $3.50)A Bad, Bad Day* by Kirsten Hall (Scholastic Inc.; $2.99)I Don't Want to Take a Bath! Reference Books for Teachers *To order, call 800-SCHOLASTIC We often remark on the marvelous creativity of young children's drawings, dramatic play, and invented language. Ask five different teachers to define "creativity" and you'll probably get five different answers. You can help children understand that: Creative Teaching

9 Great Online Art Classes for Kids: Painting, Drawing, Crafting & More School has started all across the country, but for those who are looking for some extracurriculars, like painting classes for kids or other online art classes for kids, or those trying to fill those last weeks of summer, you’ve come to the right place. Great, affordable art classes for kids and toddlers are, luckily, not that hard to find, and you’ve come to the right place for some great art classes for kids that are on the computer. This list of online art classes for kids includes drawing classes for kids, painting classes for kids, and so much more. These classes are everywhere online, at low or no cost to you. These largely free online art classes for kids are for children of a variety of ages and provide instruction on everything from simple craft projects and beginner drawings to intermediate activities like watercolor painting and portraiture, using drawing videos, and creating classes that involve art for kids they’ll actually like. Skillshare Online Art Classes for Kids Udemy

Works That Work — Magazine of Unexpected Creativity A Global View: The Adventure of Kid-Friendly Foreign Films Image credit: iStockphoto For many of us, Oscar week can serve as the annual reminder of how many great grown-up films we have yet to see, and how many kids' movies we've already seen -- over and over and over. Next time you're faced with indoor recess or a snow day, movie night or a free period before a holiday, resist the temptation to pop in Finding Nemo or Shrek (though I love these, too), and use the opportunity to take a journey around the world. The Benefits of Active Viewing First and foremost, a good movie draws us in, and we simply enjoy the experience. Pre-screen movie trailers or short clips, easily accessible through YouTube or Vimeo, and archive your favorites to fill a gap on a rainy day or to weave into literature, social studies, music, art or science lessons. Don't shy away from subtitles, either. 6 Foreign Films for Every Classroom Ponyo (all ages) My Neighbor Totoro (all ages) Like Stars on Earth ("Taare Zameen Par") (all ages) The Red Balloon (all ages)

Drawing Pad Top 10 Free Sites for Creating Digital Art | Tech & Learning These free digital art creation sites range from simple web apps for preschoolers to sophisticated software for advanced students, educators, and professionals. While some can serve as essential digital tools for in-classroom or online art curricula, all are fun to explore and experiment with. Get the latest edtech news delivered to your inbox here: Bomomo Simple and incredibly fun drawing site. These free digital art creation sites range from simple web apps for preschoolers to sophisticated software for advanced students, educators, and professionals. Get the latest edtech news delivered to your inbox here: Bomomo Simple and incredibly fun drawing site.

Editorial by Peter Biľak (Works That Work magazine) The Mona Lisa (or La Gioconda) by Leonardo da Vinci is probably the best­known, most visited, most written­ about and most parodied work of art in the world. The painting is said to be ‘priceless’, but based on its insur­ ance value some estimate it to be worth over €2 billion. (Photo: Theresa Scarbrough) Creativity often challenges generally accepted assumptions and standards. Gallery: What inequality means to me Inequality is a complicated term. It can be applied to so many factors, for one thing. There’s income inequality, asset inequality, gender inequality, social, class, political … you name it, someone, somewhere likely feels (and is) hard done by. And, for all the focus that Thomas Piketty has gained for his analysis of a new, ever-diverging global class of the superrich, inequality is still personal. Photograph: Ryan Lobo. Ryan Lobo, photographer, India “Here is a photograph I made of a little boy who lives in a slum outside one of India’s most successful IT companies, the Infosys building in Bangalore. India has very unequal patterns of development, and though the economy has benefited, most of India’s 1.28 billion people remain deeply disadvantaged. I would like to see more fairness with regard to opportunities to increase the quality of existence on this planet for all beings, animal, plant and human. Photograph: Monika Bulaj. Monika Bulaj, artist, Italy “‘Did you sleep well?’