Blog for National Endowment for the Arts

I am doing a webinar for the National Endowment for the Arts today, chatting about creativity. Should be fun!

To get my gears turning, I wrote a blog for NEA here.

For those who don’t want to click, I am including it below, as well.

 

Can anyone be creative? How? What next? 

These three questions have driven much of my career.

To start with the obvious, creativity is a good thing. Creative people tend to be happier and more successful than less creative people. They are funnier and sexier and they can use their creativity to cope with stress and heal more quickly after trauma. Obvious negative stereotypes still persist. Some are true: creative people are more anxious. Others are simply false: your average creative person is not more likely to be severely mentally ill. There are hidden biases as well. Teachers and bosses alike say they value creativity, but they may still unconsciously dislike creative people.

This disconnect between what we say versus what we think may come from the many …

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Please take this survey if you are a creative teacher!

Seeking Creative Teachers!!

Hi everyone,

Greeting from the University of Connecticut. I have yet to go back to regular blogging, but I plan on doing so very soon.

In the meantime, I am looking for some creative teachers who would be willing to share creative lesson plans that have been successful.

I have a new book project with Ron Beghetto in the works. The key purpose of our book is to showcase the creativity of classroom teachers and also to demonstrate how creative lesson ideas can be aligned with math and language arts common core content standards.  As such, we would like to ask teachers a few questions about the academic content of the lesson, which will help us make the connection between the lesson and relevant common core standards.

This is the link to the survey.

 

Please take the survey, and please share with ANY teacher you think is creative.

Thank you!!

James

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No Oscar Love: Visual Effects Artists

When we ask people questions about creativity, we hear back all about drawing, music, creative writing, or film. We don’t hear a lot about science, business, teaching, engineering, or other non-artistic areas. This discrepancy is why so many people may think they’re not creative. If your creativity takes the form of computer programming or cooking or mathematics, then you might assume it’s not “really” being creative.

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