Tagged with Creativity in the Classroom

Sparking Student Creativity

Sparking Student Creativity

If you are looking for a practical resource for adding some “sparks” of creativity to your curriculum planning, ASCD has a resource that may help. Patti Drapeau’s Sparking Student Creativity is subtitled “Practical Ways to Promote Innovative Thinking and Problem Solving,” and it delivers on that promise. The book is organized around four “roads,” one … Continue reading

M I Curious? You Bet!

M I Curious? You Bet!

The M I Curious series on my local Public Radio station is a cooperative exercise in problem finding. Modeled after the Curious City series at WBEZ in Chicago, M I Curious asks, “What do you wonder?” It invites listeners to submit questions, puts the questions to a vote, and then selects those for investigation. It … Continue reading

Creativity in the Classroom: 5th Edition!

Creativity in the Classroom: 5th Edition!

This feels a bit like a birth announcement. While the labor involved is a lot less painful, the birthing of a book–even a revision like this one–is a long process. I’m delighted to share the happy news that the 5th Edition of Creativity in the Classroom: Schools of Curious Delight is now available. I hate … Continue reading

Best Billboard Ever

Best Billboard Ever

Every once in a while I see an example of creativity that is so good I just have to share it, and hope you will share it with your students. This is one of them. It comes from Lima, Peru. Lima is a city of more than 7 million people, in a difficult and somewhat … Continue reading

But I’m Not Creative…

But I’m Not Creative…

This week I was working with a group of teachers when one of them raised a familiar question, “How can I help students be creative when I’m not creative myself?” It’s a dilemma. If we really believe we are not creative, how can we help students go beyond our capacity? It can feel like being … Continue reading

Creativize Your Curriculum

Creativize Your Curriculum

Recently I had the wonderful opportunity to work with some Korean teachers interested in incorporating more creativity in their teaching. We had only a short time together, and so it was important to stick to a few key ideas. Like many teachers, they have a required curriculum, and any creative adaptations must build on those … Continue reading

Beautiful Oops

Beautiful Oops

One of my long ago favorite Bill Cosby routines was one about the word “Oops” and times you would really hate to hear it. From your surgeon. Or your dentist. Or perhaps your plumber. But funny as that is, I have a new favorite reference for “Oops,” the book Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg. Beautiful … Continue reading

Invention Magic: What Bugs You?

Invention Magic: What Bugs You?

One of my favorite Christmas gifts this year was a Magic Orange Peeler. (And no, this blog does not have sponsors!) We all have small things in life that annoy us. One of mine is struggling to peel an orange, ending up with broken nails and orange (if delicious-smelling) fingers. Enter the Magic Orange Peeler. … Continue reading