September 2013

If it’s true that fostering creativity in learning is not just a nice notion, but an imperative, then educators must find a way to integrate it into a system that has not made this intangible, un-testable attribute a priority. More and more, teachers are becoming alerted to the idea that nurturing creative minds is necessary to raise a generation of innovators.

Knowing that it’s important is one thing, but integrating creativity into curriculum is harder than it sounds.

“In order for something to be creative, it has to be task appropriate,” said Dr. James Kaufman, director of the Learning Research Institute at California State University San Bernardino. Along with Dr. Ronald Beghetto, associate professor of Education Studies at University of Oregon, Kaufman has been studying how to make creativity more approachable for educators.

The first step is to help both students and educators understand productive creativity. A wildly creative solution might not solve the problem. Conversely, it’s easy to come up with answers that aren’t unique. Creativity is the ability to produce work that is unique and unexpected as well as appropriate, useful, and adaptive.

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My  Reggio-inspired wish is simple and could be granted tomorrow – even today – with no policy changes, no major cultural shifts, just basic humanity. While it was clear that many children attend Reggio schools from working-class and poor families (some even attending for free or a very small fee), no school was ever described by its socioeconomic and/or racial demographics. What would it mean to drop the “this school is 75%, 99%, 100% free- and reduced-lunch” or “majority minority” or “you fill in the blank” as an introduction to a school? What if we erased from our language practices the statistics we use as code for so many unspoken indecencies?


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Creativity has become a hot topic in education. From President Barack Obama to Amazon’s Jeff Bezos to Newsweek magazine, business leaders, major media outlets, government officials, and education policy makers are increasingly advocating including student creativity in the curriculum.

But without a clear understanding of the nature of creativity itself, such well-meaning advocacy may do more harm than good; educators may experience calls for teaching creativity as just another guilt-inducing addition to an already-overwhelming set of curricular demands. Here are five fundamental insights that can guide and support educators as they endeavor to integrate student creativity into the everyday curriculum.

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Good Work Conference Reflections: Alexis Redding on “Embracing the Messy Path to Purpose” | The Good Project.

I love the idea of embracing the messy path to purpose.  As educators, we often meet with parents who believe that if their child gets into the “right” school, or knows all their alphabet letters, he/she will be ok in life… We know that’s not how it works.  Life is funny that way. Has your life turned out exactly as you or your parents planned?  Has it had bumps along the way?  I know for me, life has thrown many a curve ball and I have gone down swinging hard!  What are your thoughts?