Tagged with Creativity in the Classroom

Math in the News

Math in the News

Math in the News is exactly what it sounds like—a website, with related weekly newsletter—that uses math to explore issues in the news. Produced by Media4Math, Math in the News activities range from probability maps predicting landfall for Hurricane Sandy to an exploration of pumpkin costs per hundredweight or the statistics of the presidential election. … Continue reading

Joy in the Unexpected

Joy in the Unexpected

One of the challenges and delights of creativity is that things often don’t turn out the way we plan. A year (or was it two?) ago, I made gingerbread houses with some of my favorite children. The houses were pretty impressive, given the ages of the architects, surrounded by green jellied-leaf trees. One child used … Continue reading

Moving Beyond the One Right Answer Trap

Moving Beyond the One Right Answer Trap

A few weeks ago I had the interesting opportunity to be interviewed for BAM Radio, an internet radio station that addresses all manner of important issues in education. I was part of a conversation with writer/researcher Dr. Yong Zhao and Justin Snider, who teaches creative writing. We talked about the dilemmas posed by “One Right … Continue reading

Creativity Killers 2: What Do We Do About Rewards?

Creativity Killers 2: What Do We Do About Rewards?

Last Thursday I introduced the variables designated as “creativity killers” because they have been found to inhibit intrinsic motivation: evaluation, surveillance, reward, competition, and lack of choice. I know, the list is depressing. Procedures that are so familiar and common in classroom life can, vampire-like, suck the creative lifeblood from our classrooms. To add to … Continue reading

Toys in School

Toys in School

Today I wanted to share two of my favorite pocket-sized toys. They are good for language arts (and other) lessons, for carrying on airplanes, for rainy-day entertainment on camping trips, and a host of other occasions. And they are all about thinking creatively. So much creativity in such a small space! And the best part … Continue reading

Whirlydoodles!

Whirlydoodles!

Today’s “bonus post” was prompted by a walk. Strolling through my hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan these days is more interesting than usual. Attached to a number of the lampposts downtown are WhirlyDoodles, wonderful lighted sculptures that combine art and science into whirling wind-powered light pinwheels. They’ve been covered on Detroit television and are bringing … Continue reading

How It All Began

How It All Began

This is how it all started. I was 21 years old, teaching in a one-building district in a county populated by more cows than people. And I loved it—muddy playgrounds, missing teeth, purple ditto machines, and all. Many years later, I am still a teacher at heart, though most of my students are earning masters’ … Continue reading