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Math and Art: A Match Made for Schools

Math and Art: A Match Made for Schools

Theater and dance for teaching math? Math for teaching art? Arts integration is not only a great idea, but a great idea in the news. A recent story in the Education section of the Washington Post describes students from kindergarten through middle school learning mathematical concepts through the arts. You can find a description of … Continue reading

What Will You Invent?

What Will You Invent?

Are you in the long-winter doldrums? Are you interested getting sparking your students’ creativity and having a little fun at the same time? The Imagination Foundation’s 2016 Inventors’ Challenge may be just the thing for you. The Imagination Foundation started with a chance encounter that resulted in the viral film Caine’s Arcade, the story of … Continue reading

Still Curious After All These Years

Still Curious After All These Years

  In my last post I said it seems questioning is in the air—and so it is. What should arrive in my latest ASCD Education Update but a newsletter whose headline reads “The Wonder Years.” If you are an ASCD member you can read the newsletter at the link, but simply reading the introduction gives … Continue reading

Are Immigrants More Creative?

Are Immigrants More Creative?

Eric Weiner’s recent essay in the Wall Street Journal, “The Secret of Immigrant Genius,” suggested an unusual take on today’s immigrant debate—How many of the world’s greatest creative achievements have come via immigrants or refugees? Einstein was one, emigrating from Germany to Switzerland. The article cites others clearly recognizable as having sparked creative change: Sigmund … Continue reading

Bratz to Bold: Thanks, Make!

Bratz to Bold: Thanks, Make!

I wasn’t allowed to have Barbie dolls as a child. My mother—ahead of her time, for sure—objected to doll’s the unnatural proportions. She did not want anything in our house giving the message that her daughters needed to look like something other than a normal human female. One night, hearing a banging, I found her … Continue reading

Fallonventions: How Can We Resist?

Fallonventions: How Can We Resist?

OK, I’ll admit it. Staying up late to watch the beginning of Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show is one of my guilty pleasures. I know I should go to bed. I know I can see videos the next day. But  Fallon’s inventive craziness is sometimes too much to resist. One of my favorite segments is Fallonventions. … 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

Art in Unexpected Places

Art in Unexpected Places

When is a utility box not a utility box? When it’s a work of public art. My home city, Ann Arbor, Michigan, has some of the best looking traffic signal utility boxes you’ll ever see. Thanks to a collaboration between the civic and arts organizations, the city is beginning to cover 42 utility boxes with … Continue reading

Hooray for Wales!

Hooray for Wales!

The small country of Wales has just done something big. The government of Wales, in conjunction with the Welsh Arts Council has issued a 5-year action plan titled Creative Learning Through the Arts: An Action Plan for Wales. It starts with a vision:     The arts, and creative approaches to teaching and learning, should … Continue reading