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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

Have a Creative New Year!

Have a Creative New Year!

One of the great gifts of a career that runs on a school calendar is that we can claim at least two “New Years” each year. We start the school year (whenever it begins) with resolutions to be our best teaching selves, and then, in January, we have another chance for a fresh start. So … Continue reading

Sing We Now of Christmas

Sing We Now of Christmas

As this is posted, I will be somewhere on the probably-snowy roads, visiting my in-laws for the holidays. I know many of you will be equally busy so, for today, here’s some lovely Christmas music, results of creativity past and present. Clearly, Christmas is part of both my traditions and my faith.  I am amazed … Continue reading

Creative Crèches

Creative Crèches

For many years, one of the favorite Ann Arbor Christmas traditions was a large crèche (nativity scene) display, with examples from all corners of the world. That particular display is no longer available, but Christmas nativities remain a wonderful example of creative expression across cultures. There are not many opportunities to watch artists from all … Continue reading

Traveling for Creativity

Traveling for Creativity

Want to be more creative? Take a trip! Maybe. When I think about “highlight memories” of my life thus far, many of them revolve around travel. When I was a teenager, I had the chance to live in Luxembourg for a summer, speaking fractured French (and a little Luxembourgish!) and having the time of my … Continue reading

Of Testing and Teaching, Carts and Horses

Of Testing and Teaching, Carts and Horses

It would not come as any surprise to any teacher I know, that the United States’ current obsession with high stakes testing may not be the best thing for student learning—to say nothing of student creativity. Test scores appear to have become our ultimate goal, as if we believe that raising scores, particularly on international … Continue reading