Are You Bored? Brilliant?

Are You Bored? Brilliant?

What would life be like if you used your phone a little less? Would you be bored? Brilliant? That’s the question posed by the podcasters at New Tech City in their Bored and Brilliant project, subtitled “The Lost Art of Spacing Out.” The podcast suggests that we have a need for boredom—a quiet space for … Continue reading

What’s Your Favorite Animal?

What’s Your Favorite Animal?

Children’s author/illustrator Eric Carle asked 14 friends that question and the result is the delightful book, What’s Your Favorite Animal? In the book, 14 children’s authors present their favorite animals, with (of course) accompanying illustrations. The book is a treasure of creativity. Think of all the ways it could be used. Examine all the different … Continue reading

Cowboy Poetry

Cowboy Poetry

Do you teach poetry? Do you teach about these men? I started to blog about cowboy poetry, but really what I want to say is, go here. Read this. Listen to the story, or scroll down to the bottom and read the transcript. Read the poems. Aren’t they beautiful? It’s a far cry from what … Continue reading

Who’s the Genius Around Here?

Who’s the Genius Around Here?

What does it take to be a creative physicist? A successful philosopher? A psychologist? Does it take a special ability, an aptitude that can’t be taught? Or do you believe many people could accomplish those things, given time and effort? Does it matter? A recent study reported in Science suggests it might. Researchers Leslie, Cimpian, … Continue reading

Valentine’s Day: Creatively Speaking

Valentine’s Day: Creatively Speaking

It’s time again for hearts and chocolate, poetry and romance—or what passes for romance in elementary schools. Perhaps it’s because those of us in the north are anxious to think about anything other than snow, rather than any great educational import, but many school halls are full of valentines these days. And lots of older … Continue reading

Innovation Nation!

Innovation Nation!

It seems I haven’t been watching enough Saturday morning television. If I had, I would not just now be learning about The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation, with Mo Rocca. Innovation Nation is billed as “a weekly celebration of the inventor’s spirit,” and is full of fascinating stories. Fortunately for all of us, the stories are … Continue reading