PBS has an excellent website designed to help parents and children explore and play to develop creativity. The subtitle is: “Nurture and Protect Your Child’s Creative Spirit.”
I like the kaleidoscope activity, under “sensory stuff.” This website epitomizes the idea that to learn and be creative, we need TIME TO PLAY! Sadly, most schools provide little time for such activities that are perceived as “frivolous,” since their contribution to test performance may seem indirect at best.
Yet creative minds are PRECISELY what we need in 21st century society. We’ve always needed more creative souls, and not just from an economic or workforce perspective. Creative people make life interesting. Of course, they also drive the economy.
I added a new book to my Amazon wish list today related to creativity: “The Rise of the Creative Class: And How It’s Transforming Work, Leisure, Community and Everyday Life” by Richard Florida. As you likely know or can guess just from the name of my blog, creativity is something I both highly value and am extremely interested in promoting in educational contexts. Another related book I want to read on creativity, but have not yet taken the time, is “Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention” by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. I was introduced to the concept of “flow” six or eight months ago doing research related to a Sunday School class series I taught on Dr. Richard Swenson’s book “Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives.” Good ideas with practical applications.
We need to make more time in our lives to slow down, reduce interruptions, increase margin, and foster creative thinking. Those goals may not be on my list of 43 things, but I’m confident they’ll remain high on my priority list for the foreseeable future. (Read: probably the rest of my life.)
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- STEM, iPad & Google Workshops in June 2015 - 2015
- Technology & Innovation in Education by Jaime Casap - 2012
- Using ARIS to Create Interactive, Multimedia Enhanced Field Trips by Wes Molyneaux - 2012
- Why Every Teacher Should Become an App Creator by Chris Thompson - 2012
- Blended, Continuous Learning in the 21st Century Military - 2011
- Finger Puppet Videography with the iPad2: Lessons Learned - 2011
- Celebrate National Library Week with Fabrarians: Freeze-n-Read! - 2010
- Wilson Rawls: Author of Where the Red Fern Grows - 2010
- Who Will Save Journalism? We will! - 2009
- Podcast244: Stories of Life on the High Seas by Jonathan Gayton in Perth, Australia to Oklahoma Over Skype - 2008