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Making Learning Matter: Powerful Supports

Making Learning Matter: Powerful Supports

Strategies that support students in their creativity also support their learning. I have been repeating this mantra for more than 20 years, and the more I learn, the truer it becomes. It makes me think about bridge beams, and the interconnectedness of their strength. Pieces of steel that directly support one thing also help support … Continue reading

Gerbil Uncurled: When the Rules Don’t Work

Gerbil Uncurled: When the Rules Don’t Work

In our family, road trips mean exploring bookstores. So, naturally, our holiday travels meant time to discover new resources for children of all ages. I know many of the books I share with you are appropriate for elementary-age readers, but I long-ago learned that picture books are not just for children. In fact, I often … Continue reading

Vacation=More Creativity? Maybe

Vacation=More Creativity? Maybe

Take a vacation and increase your creativity! Sound too good to be true? Perhaps not. I had to smile reading an article by researchers from The Netherlands, Finland, and Germany in which they examined the role recreational travel may play for working people. The authors asked workers from varied professions to complete a creativity test … Continue reading

What Makes Us Happy: From Bhutan to Your School

What Makes Us Happy: From Bhutan to Your School

A few years ago I first learned about the small country of Bhutan’s unique contribution to the process of measuring progress—Gross National Happiness (GNH). Gross National Happiness suggests that there are things that make a country great, beyond the amount of money it generates. Gross National Happiness, as defined by Bhutan’s survey, includes nine dimensions, … Continue reading

Creative Crèches

Creative Crèches

In just a few days, it will be Christmas. I’m still grading papers, I haven’t baked my usual cookies, and my house doesn’t remotely resemble anything on Pinterest. And yet it doesn’t matter. Really. It doesn’t. For me, this is at heart a sacred season, shared across the global Christian community. As long as I … Continue reading

Travel, Creativity, and the Wonder of it All

Travel, Creativity, and the Wonder of it All

I’m back from an amazing 40th anniversary trip to Mainland China and Tibet (yes, obviously, we were married as babes!) On one hand, it was a blissful opportunity to leave everything work-related behind, but on the other, it was an immersion in creativity. One of the wonderful things about studying creativity is that it gives … Continue reading

What’s Creativity in Your World?

What’s Creativity in Your World?

What does creativity look like? What makes individuals creative? What might hold them back? Interestingly, your answers to those questions may be different, depending on where you live. In one recent study* researchers surveyed teachers in China, Germany, and Japan to find out how they envisioned creativity, whether they thought creativity could be exhibited in … Continue reading

What’s in a Name? Maybe Creative Judgments

What’s in a Name? Maybe Creative Judgments

A recent article in the Creativity Research Journal had an intriguing title, beginning, “Tell Me Your Name and I’ll Tell You How Creative Your Work Is.” The article looked at how a creator’s name and gender affected judgments about the work’s creativity. I found the results pretty disturbing. Authors Izabela Lebuda and Maciej Karwowski presented … Continue reading