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Supporting Autonomy: For Creativity and More

Supporting Autonomy: For Creativity and More

Years ago, one of my friends, who had a houseful of teenagers, cried out in mock despair, “All these years I’ve worked to teach my children to be independent, and now they ARE!” Somehow the goal of self-directed children seemed easier before the children actually began choosing their own directions. Of course, her despair truly … Continue reading

Do Creative Schools Make a Difference?

Do Creative Schools Make a Difference?

Don’t you love it when you find unexpected treasures? It might be a first spring flower emerging, or maybe a coin needed for the parking meter appearing on the sidewalk. Sometimes (at least in the academic world) it is new research related to a question that puzzles you. For the last few weeks, I’ve been … Continue reading

I Need Play

I Need Play

I had a birthday last week. I had balloons, courtesy of a five-year-old companion, ice cream sundaes, and many greetings from friends. I even had presents. These included a small plastic glow-in-the-dark cat and two puppets, one a giant clam, complete with pearl, and the other a little girl who looks as if she could … Continue reading

Creative Leadership: One More Time with Feeling

Creative Leadership: One More Time with Feeling

For the last few weeks, I’ve been posting about leading for creativity within schools as a whole (as opposed to individual classrooms), whether that leadership springs from official school leaders or teachers working to support one another. Last post I mentioned a study by Stoll and Temperley, who examined the dynamics of  leadership in educators’ … Continue reading

A School Where Creativity Can Happen: The Fundamentals

A School Where Creativity Can Happen: The Fundamentals

Over the last year or so, as I read research about leadership for creativity, one of the studies I found particularly interesting came from England. Researchers Stoll and Temperley carried out the Creative Leadership Learning Project over an 18-month period in 12 learning environments in the south of England. It was a complex project, including … Continue reading

Who’s leading the way? And how?

Who’s leading the way? And how?

Schools are complicated places. Building creativity at the school or district level means thinking beyond individual classrooms to include all the people and systems that make schools work. Just as in creative businesses, one of the key differences between individual and whole-school creativity is the role of leadership. Leaders in organizations working toward creativity are … Continue reading

Building Creative Schools

Building Creative Schools

I recently retired after 35 years at Eastern Michigan University (OK, I’m teaching again this semester, but that’s another story). Even this state of not-quite-retired has caused me to think back on my years at EMU, in roles from beginning assistant professor to interim dean, in times of near-explosive growth and periods of retrenchment. The … Continue reading

Creativity in the Classroom, 7th Ed.

Creativity in the Classroom, 7th Ed.

Here I am back. Again. It is true that, like everyone else, I’ve had my life rhythms disrupted by COVID. But I am among the fortunate in that my immediate family and friends have been spared major illness thus far, so that isn’t a great reason for my absence. I do have one good one, … Continue reading

Feeling Flattened? Try Summer Creativity

Feeling Flattened? Try Summer Creativity

It is summer, apparently with a vengeance. Here in Michigan, we are in the midst of a week of humidity, storms, and flooded highways, while my brother in usually-balmy Oregon has temperatures over 100 degrees. He took this photo of one of his local squirrels flattening himself against the cool pavement, after having a drink … Continue reading

Be the Squirrel

Be the Squirrel

We have a squirrel-proof bird feeder in our yard. We’ve had it for years and it really is quite effective at keeping squirrels out of the bird seed. The seed is protected by a weighted bar. A bird can sit on the bar and eat happily, but if a heavier animal tries to do the … Continue reading