Giving Students a Voice: Podcast!

Giving Students a Voice: Podcast!

Ever since I started teaching, back in the misty annals of time, I’ve tried to give students options for sharing ideas. My students, from elementary to graduate school, have written reports (of course), created poetry, acted out scenarios, built art works or models, composed music, recorded radio dramas, made charts and diagrams, etc. etc. Each … Continue reading

Creativity in Math. Yes, We Can.

Creativity in Math. Yes, We Can.

Recently I’ve been working on a chapter for a book on creativity in mathematics. I am, to say the least, an unlikely choice to be an author in such a book—a fact of which I‘ve reminded the editors more than once. I’m not a mathematician. Sadly, I am from a generation in which, when I … 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

Just for Fun: Late to the Bardcore Party

Just for Fun: Late to the Bardcore Party

Just in case you, like me, missed the Bardcore genre when it emerged in 2020, this seemed like a good day to share a bit, just for fun. Somehow I missed the phenomenon when it was streaking across the Internet, but it is still a fine example of genre-bending flexibility that folks who are interested … 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

Creative Schools: First Thoughts

Creative Schools: First Thoughts

I’ll admit it; it has been a tough week. How about you?  As these weeks and months of pandemic stressors drag on (and on and on), so many things seem harder. I just read a New York Times account of the dramatic increase in traffic deaths over the last two years, along with increases in … Continue reading