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Hurray for Creative Teens

Hurray for Creative Teens

I still chuckle at the memory of a mother of teens who said in only-partly joking despair, “I taught my kids to be independent, and now they ARE!” But she was onto something. It is easy to stereotype teenager years. Many of us have vivid memories the angst-filled days and peer drama that can be … Continue reading

Carrots, Mindfulness, and Creativity

Carrots, Mindfulness, and Creativity

My sister ate a carrot this week. That might not sound like much, but because her immune system has been compromised, fresh fruits and vegetables have been deemed too dangerous in recent days—until now. Family and friends celebrated by filling her Facebook spaces with pictures of salads, carrot-crunching rabbits, and cheers. Needless to say, she … Continue reading

Prescription for Play: Just What the Doctor Ordered

Prescription for Play: Just What the Doctor Ordered

When I was a little girl, visits to the doctor that included injections were followed by our favorite prescription—an official form entitling us to a one-scoop cone at the local pharmacy’s soda fountain. What a treat! In these days, when childhood obesity is such a threat, I can’t imagine a doctor offering such prescriptions, but … Continue reading

Creativity and Curriculum: What Do We Teach?

Creativity and Curriculum: What Do We Teach?

“I don’t have time to think about creativity. Look at the amount of curriculum I have to cover this year. No time for anything else!” Ever felt like that? I suspect most teachers have. Fortunately, it is not an either-or choice. Really, it’s not. Creativity is not something extra to be pulled out late Friday … Continue reading

Why Creativity?

Why Creativity?

Why, in the midst of end-of-term grading, holiday preparations, and even (I can’t believe it) preparing for new courses that start January 4, why take the time to write about creativity? And since your lives are probably just as crazy, why take time to read about it? I thought about that today, as I dashed … Continue reading

Business Research Comes to School

Business Research Comes to School

I will admit I’ve frequently railed against using business models to design and evaluate schools. There are so many ways schools and businesses are different that attempting to translate one to the other risks assuming children are some kind of consistent raw material that can be transformed into a uniform product. I can see teachers … Continue reading

The Default Network Comes to School

The Default Network Comes to School

For the last week I’ve been thinking about daydreaming. Or, to be more accurate, I’ve been thinking about the brain’s “default network,” the work it does, and how it might fit into schools. In my last post I described the default network, the parts of the brain that are active when we are not consciously … Continue reading