Who Killed Curiosity?

Who Killed Curiosity?

If, as the adage suggests, curiosity killed the cat, what killed curiosity? I’ve been wondering about curiosity lately. Anyone who has ever spent time with toddlers knows they are full of questions. “Why is my cat fluffier than Jane’s cat?” “Where does milk go when I drink it?” “What is dirt made of?” “Why can’t … Continue reading

Creativity and the Common Core

Creativity and the Common Core

Are the Common Core State Standards stifling creativity in students and teachers? Some current commentary seems to suggest they are. Of course, the difficulties do not lie in the standards themselves, but in the way the standards are enmeshed in the drive toward policy-driven test-based education. When the success of education (or the assessed value … Continue reading

The Power of Yet—and Sesame Street!

The Power of Yet—and Sesame Street!

What is that thing you want to do but can’t quite manage? What do you want to do but haven’t conquered—yet? What’s the difference between those ideas? Recently I wrote about the links between a growth mindset and the kinds of motivation related to creativity. A growth mindset holds that abilities change and grow through … Continue reading

Good Kids, Creative Kids?

Good Kids, Creative Kids?

One of my favorite moments for not-exactly-guilty pleasures is any time I spend in a waiting room browsing magazines. Those few minutes before a dentist or hair stylist appointment give me the chance to explore publications I don’t have time to read during the rest of my hectic life. Recently while browsing Better Homes and … Continue reading

The Global Cardboard Challenge: Come on Down!

The Global Cardboard Challenge: Come on Down!

What has more than 25,000 participants in 10 countries and inspires creative play with things usually thrown away? The Global Cardboard Challenge! It is that time of year again, and this time I hope I’ve finally managed to post the information in plenty of time to use it. Inspired by the YouTube video sensation Caine’s … Continue reading

School of Doodle

School of Doodle

Not long ago I wrote about how depressed I was by a Washington Post article titled, “Can Kickstarter save arts education?” It was full of gloomy statistics:     Nearly one in 10 U.S. secondary schools has no music program. Eleven percent don’t teach art. More than half have cut theater. Nine in 10 have cut … Continue reading

Jimmy Fallon Does Morphological Synthesis

Jimmy Fallon Does Morphological Synthesis

I’ll admit it—Jimmy Fallon is bad for my sleep cycle. My late-night theatrical husband returns home right about Fallon-time and the temptation to watch just for a while….well, let’s just say I sometimes succumb. Recently, while watching Fallon’s “Wheel of Musical Impressions” with Adam Levine, I realized I was seeing a unique—and very funny—use of … Continue reading

How smart are you? Mindsets and Creativity 1

How smart are you? Mindsets and Creativity 1

How smart are you? Really. How smart do you think you are? How do you know? What about your students? How smart are they? How smart to they think they are? Does it matter? Psychologists use a lot of intertwining ideas to describe how we think about ourselves, our abilities, and our capacity for change: … Continue reading