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Kenneth Shinozuka, Problem Finder

Kenneth Shinozuka, Problem Finder

Do you know someone with Alzheimer’s Disease? If you do, you’ll wish you lived across the street from this remarkable young man. 15-year-old Kenneth Shinozuka followed in the footsteps of many great inventors when he looked at a problem near to his heart and was spurred to action. He is a fine example of real-world … Continue reading

Music and Your Brain: 10-Minute Lesson

Music and Your Brain: 10-Minute Lesson

If I want fireworks in my brain, I’d better get back to practicing. That’s the message of a TedEd video by Anita Collins and Sharon Colman Graham, recently featured on National Public Radio. Take a look. I’ve said repeatedly that creativity ≠ the arts, because too many people assume that if they can’t draw realistically … Continue reading

Stand on Your Failures

Stand on Your Failures

At a recent conference, I had the wonderful opportunity to hear Newbery Award-winning author Laura Amy Schlitz talk about her writing. She is a story-teller at heart, so just listening to her was a delight, but my favorite moment came during her account of how she came to write Good Masters, Sweet Ladies, the book … Continue reading

April 15: It’s Not All About Taxes

April 15: It’s Not All About Taxes

For most of us in the U.S., our primary association with April 15 is not a happy one: federal income taxes are due. But for 2015, April 15 can have a much more positive association—the beginning of World Creativity and Innovation Week. According to their website: During World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – … Continue reading

I Missed Ada Lovelace Day, Did You?

I Missed Ada Lovelace Day, Did You?

Don’t you hate it when hear about a special event just after it occurred? That happened to me this year with Ada Lovelace Day. I’m not a big fan of invented holidays, particularly those that seem designed solely to keep greeting card companies and florists in business, but I think a day for Ada is … Continue reading

The Power of Yet—and Sesame Street!

The Power of Yet—and Sesame Street!

What is that thing you want to do but can’t quite manage? What do you want to do but haven’t conquered—yet? What’s the difference between those ideas? Recently I wrote about the links between a growth mindset and the kinds of motivation related to creativity. A growth mindset holds that abilities change and grow through … Continue reading

How Do Scientists Think?

How Do Scientists Think?

When I was in school we learned—or thought we learned—how scientists worked. Scientists, we were told, followed the 5-step scientific method. First they came up with a question, then they designed an experiment, collected data, and drew conclusions to answer the question. I can easily envision my scientist friends shaking their heads and saying, “If … Continue reading

Mighty Creative Girls

Mighty Creative Girls

As Women’s History Month, March is the perfect time to think about girls. At the website A Mighty Girl, they do that all year long. Now, A Mighty Girl is clearly a commercial website—and don’t do commercial endorsements here—but if you want to find resources to teach young girls about creative women past and present, … Continue reading

Teaching about Weather? Spark It!

Teaching about Weather? Spark It!

The Spark website, sponsored by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) can be your center for learning materials on weather, climate and related atmospheric sciences. There’s lots of basic information and class activities, but my one of my favorite parts is the interactive simulations. Simulations allow students to explore “what if” questions that are … Continue reading