"While I did enjoy David Burgess’ Teach Like a Pirate, and the hangout that she shared with us, I’ll admit… it made me kind of sad. Not because of the content itself! But because of the hard memories it brought up. I used to teach creatively and encourage innovation in my classroom like that. When I graduated college, I was chock full of ideas and adored hands-on learning. But my communication skills was parents was very weak and my administrator was a frustrated man who decided his best way of control was micromanaging. It’s a bit of a long story, but the end result is I was knocked down to stop being creative; to just follow the curriculum and to push worksheets. "
Wow. As I read this teacher from Dr. Lee Graham's class (they are in gamifi-ed with my students) I'm so touched by how the teacher helps us feel what is happening to TOO MANY TEACHERS. Too many teachers are being pushed down to teach the wrong way. Worksheet wonders and we wonder why no one loves to learn. This is sad and must change. I hope you'll comment.
Fun! A Milk Carton Construction Contest! This is something you can do with all students (and win $5,000 in the process.) This is a fun one to share with elementary teachers.
Evergreen Packaging is challenging school age children to become more eco-friendly with their nationwide Made By Milk Carton Construction Contest. For the past 3 semesters, students have been using their creativity to build art creations from recycled school milk cartons based on specific themes. Schools have the chance to win up to $5,000 for their creations.
The Spring 2014 contest theme is “Stories,” and entries are being accepted now until April 16, 2014.
Mia MacMeekin at "An Ethical Island" has made a profound infographic "27 Ways to innovate" that you'll want to share and read.I love the quotes and suggestions throughout this graphic which is inspiration, insightful, and very motivational.Why not get each teacher to pick something and come back together and discuss.
Remember to sign up for the Elementary art project Everyartist Live! for November 21. It will be here before you know it and you need to start your projects now.
Creativity for kids: November 21 and every day with Everyartist.me #creativitymatters
If you need some creative writing prompts for grades 6-8 (short 10 minute tasks) you can use this cool PowerPoint.
Discovery has some great resources to help you plan and work on your science fair project. The summer time is a great time to plan and discuss science fair projects for next year (hint to parents) and you can get started here. This is also something you can send to parents to help them guide their child in this area.
This lesson has students thinking with their senses to write creatively. While it says examprep, if you teach writing, you could download and use this to finish up the year. Classified for high school, but if you teach younger kids, think about how you can have a sensory experience (eating watermelon, for example) and have students write about the experience.
Teacher, Andrew Miller, shares how he uses graphic comics and novels to teach in his classroom.
See the student work in this gallery for the Adobe Design Achievement Awards. I'm an Adobe Education Leader and have learned a lot about graphic design and their programs through this opportunity. We can always learn more about how to teach graphic design and visual composition - even us rank and file "geeky people." Wow!
adobe has their 2011 Adobe Design Achievement awards that honors the best student work with the program. These students will travel to Taipei, Taiwan and showcased in a ceremony. Here is information on the competition.
Spent some time with Kyle Gomboy, Chris Hart, and John Lester to learn about Jibe. Jibe is sort of a hybrid between the Google Lively functionality and the full Open Sim. We're going to be doing some things with this in the future.
Imagine this: students build a transportable world full of their legacy of life and carry it with them to their own server anywhere they wish and leave it behind as a legacy of the things they created.
Students wrote a book together via Google Docs, uploaded it to lulu. "A Field Guide to Molching" is a very interesting and powerful way to collaborate. Take a look.
Excellent reflection from Audrey Watters of the Read Write Web about the Newsweek article about the Creativity Crisis in America. I think it is an excellent synopsis.
It's no surprise that the Newsweek article is quick to blame television and video games for dulling our children's creativity, even though the authors admit that there is no conclusive evidence that they're the culprit.
But he notes that the Newsweek article points to the creation of "paracosms" - detailed imaginary worlds - as being strongly correlated with winning a MacArthur "Genius Grant" as an adult.
As teacher Vicki Davis notes, "Measure the wrong thing, get the wrong thing. Our students are a product of the formula of measurement we use to gauge progress."
"For the first time, research shows that American creativity is declining. What went wrong - and how we can fix it."
The accepted definition of creativity is production of something original and useful, and that’s what’s reflected in the tests. There is never one right answer. To be creative requires divergent thinking (generating many unique ideas) and then convergent thinking (combining those ideas into the best result).
What’s shocking is how incredibly well Torrance’s creativity index predicted those kids’ creative accomplishments as adults. Those who came up with more good ideas on Torrance’s tasks grew up to be entrepreneurs, inventors, college presidents, authors, doctors, diplomats, and software developers.
The correlation to lifetime creative accomplishment was more than three times stronger for childhood creativity than childhood IQ.
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