I recently had a disturbing conversation with a young teacher who is one of the brightest people I know. My friend has been teaching for six years in high-stress environments. Like many teachers, her life is very full. Because her teaching assignments seem to change yearly, she is constantly preparing for new classes. She takes … Continue reading
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Creativity and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Morning
This was an awful morning. You’ve had those, right? In my case, the morning was one long meeting—the kind where people talk at you for hours, without even a bathroom break. Each presentation alone would have been interesting, but in total they resulted in a crowd of grumpy uncomfortable professors squirming in their chairs and … Continue reading
What is Your Classroom Saying?
What messages is your classroom sending? Is it telling students they—and their creativity—are welcomed? Being creative often entails risk. The kinds of creative risks we want to encourage in schools don’t entail jumping from great heights or other physical risks (at least I hope not!), but they can still be frightening. As the commercial said … Continue reading
Edison, Google, and Creative Classrooms
Recently, I went with a friend to Greenfield Village, one of Michigan’s historical treasures. Originally opened in 1933, the Village consists of more than 80 historic structures on a site laid out like a New England community, complete with a village green, farmhouses, workshops, shops, a railroad depot, and a bandstand. The Village also includes … Continue reading