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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

Moving Beyond the One Right Answer Trap

Moving Beyond the One Right Answer Trap

A few weeks ago I had the interesting opportunity to be interviewed for BAM Radio, an internet radio station that addresses all manner of important issues in education. I was part of a conversation with writer/researcher Dr. Yong Zhao and Justin Snider, who teaches creative writing. We talked about the dilemmas posed by “One Right … Continue reading

China, Creativity and the Dangers of Flash

China, Creativity and the Dangers of Flash

My visit to Chinese schools has left me with amazing memories and a sense of scale that has changed forever my sense of “big.” The train stations were enormous. The cities were enormous. The schools were enormous, well organized, and full of bright-eyed students eager to try out their English on visitors. I loved the … Continue reading