What the Creatives Themselves Have to Say About Creativity

October 22, 2013

“Everybody is a genius,  but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live it’s whole life believing that it is stupid.”  – Albert Einstein “Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, […]

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Developing a sense of wonder in young children

October 21, 2013

“Are we not irritated by experiences outside the timed lockstep of daily living? That lockstep does seem to offer surety and security to our lives. But does it really? If so, what is the life that remains? Is it not a bargain with the devil in which we ensure our survival by repressing our sense […]

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To Be Creative or Not to Be Creative, That is the Question

October 20, 2013

“Too often, we are given mixed messages from society about what behaviors are expected and valued. Creativity is supposed to be a good thing, something we aspire to achieve. However, those who are the most creative are often faced with the worst treatment and the most rejection for their ideas.  In order to be truly […]

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Is the Cognitive Cart in Front of the Creative Horse?

October 19, 2013

“From the point of view of the child’s developmental needs, the most important dynamics of life are emotional and social. Cognitive life is secondary, based upon and generated from the child’s effective and interpersonal experiences. Would it not be helpful if [leaders] in early childhood education focused more on presenting the emotional and social characteristics […]

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Reciprocity between narrative, questioning, and imagination

October 18, 2013

Research on possibility thinking (PT) reveals a reciprocal relationship between narrative play, questioning, and imagination! We know play is important for many reasons; this suggests a specific kind of play–together narrative, or story-telling play–has particular creative benefits. Kick up the fun factor this week and play games of “pretend!”  Everyone benefits from increased PT and creative […]

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Possibility Thinking

October 17, 2013

Possibility thinking, or “what if” thinking, is arguably the core of creativity in education. As we learn about life with children, and as they learn about life in general, encouraging possibility thinking in our homes by entertaining “what ifs” for awhile or posing “what ifs” and allowing them to permeate our minds often can be […]

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Creativity and Behavior Problems

October 16, 2013

Researchers Kyung Hee Kim and Joyce Van Tassel-Baska report that there’s a relationship between teacher-reported behavioral problems and creative potential in a school-age population of “underachievers.”  We wouldn’t interpret this to mean that every behavioral challenge stems from frustrated creative potential, but we now have some new and positive possibilities to explore instead of converging […]

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