Gratitude–Again This Year

Gratitude–Again This Year

In the United States, it is almost time for Thanksgiving, our national celebration of gratitude and food. Last year at this time our household was recovering from a fire–nothing huge, but enough to fill the house with smoke and our lives with chaos for weeks. It reminded us of the many things we take for … Continue reading

An Hour of Code: It’s Fun!

An Hour of Code: It’s Fun!

I know nothing about computer programming. When I copy the “embed” codes to include videos in this blog, they look like alien script. So when I heard about the global movement to have teachers and students engage in an Hour of Code, I’ll admit I was dubious. It sounded important, but was it for me? … Continue reading

What is Your Classroom Saying?

What is Your Classroom Saying?

What messages is your classroom sending? Is it telling students they—and their creativity—are welcomed? Being creative often entails risk. The kinds of creative risks we want to encourage in schools don’t entail jumping from great heights or other physical risks (at least I hope not!), but they can still be frightening. As the commercial said … Continue reading

6-Second Science!

6-Second Science!

While working on my “Ideas are Scary” post, I came across one more irresistible item from General Electric—a 6-second science fair. For a week last August, General Electric challenged young people to create 6-second videos using the Vine app and post them on Twitter under #6SecondScience. Talk about a social media bonanza! While the fair … Continue reading

Ideas are Scary: A Ten Minute Lesson

Ideas are Scary: A Ten Minute Lesson

It isn’t often I recommend that classes (or families) watch a commercial, but for this one I’ll make an exception.  Take a look.  General Electric (which is barely mentioned) lives up to its slogan “Imagination at Work.” What a great way to start a conversation about innovation, risk taking, and the kind of atmosphere we … Continue reading

Photos Framed: See in New Ways

Photos Framed: See in New Ways

Photographs have the power to communicate in ways words do not. A few days ago I hung some photos from last summer’s trip to Tibet in my office. When I look at them, the sights, sounds, and smells of that place come flooding back. And mine are ordinary cell-phone photos. Ruth Thomson takes the power … Continue reading

Let’s Get Curious–And Learn More

Let’s Get Curious–And Learn More

I’ve always been curious. In one of my more memorable childhood experiments, I decided (age 5) that it was very important to know how loudly I could scream. I mean, if I never tried screaming my loudest, how would I know how loud I could be? What if something terrible happened and I wasn’t good … Continue reading

Sneaky Fun, Sneaky Science

Sneaky Fun, Sneaky Science

What child doesn’t love being a bit sneaky? From stealthily creeping down the hall way-too-early on Christmas morning to sneaking a peek at a friend’s nervous prom date, I’ve gathered seemingly valuable data that way! Fortunately, with his Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things, Cy Tymony has raised sneakiness to a new level and proposes “sneaky” … Continue reading

April 15: It’s Not All About Taxes

April 15: It’s Not All About Taxes

For most of us in the U.S., our primary association with April 15 is not a happy one: federal income taxes are due. But for 2015, April 15 can have a much more positive association—the beginning of World Creativity and Innovation Week. According to their website: During World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – … Continue reading

U.S. Readers: Elections Coming

U.S. Readers: Elections Coming

Here’s an example of creativity in action. U.S. readers know that midterm elections are only a week away. While the airways are full of campaign advertising, getting clear information on polling places, ballot information, etc. can be much more challenging. So WordPress, Google, the Pew Charitable Trust and election officials across the country have come … Continue reading