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Creative Drama and Music Teacher Pre-K through 5th Grade

Play. It is the beginning of

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Play. It is the beginning of creative and imaginative thinking, to be sure. Please see "The Birthplace of Out-Of-The-Box Thinking" at http://imaginationcollaborationteacher.blogspot.com.

Science Evangelist

David Kelley is a master.

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David Kelley is a master. Thanks for sharing this.

Science Evangelist

Congrats! I know that it

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Congrats! I know that it isn't easy integrating these topics, but the rewards are great. Glad to hear the students are more engaged.

Artist, Educator, Dog Lover

Creativity is about

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Creativity is about developing an environment where risk taking is rewarded. In my art classroom, divergent responses are required of every art challenge. Speaking of Bloom's Taxonomy, I created a chart that demonstrates the higher level skills that students must practice and master when they perform creative tasks- whether it be writing or art. Feel free to download and use it: http://corndogart.com/portfolio/create/blooms-taxonomy-of-educational-ob.... The act of creation is a process, not an outcome. Watching that process and those 'light bulbs' go off is our reward as teachers.

Producer LD Podcast, Digital Media Consultant, Author

Here's a great TED talk on

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Here's a great TED talk on creativity that you should check out:

http://www.ted.com/talks/david_kelley_how_to_build_your_creative_confide...

One of my 5-year old

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One of my 5-year old daughter's favorite toys is a cardboard box and a few handy tools. This is a great piece, Ainissa! I wish I had read it before we (Imagination Fdn) launched our Global Cardboard Challenge earlier this month.

High School Science Teacher

I listened to your talk at

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I listened to your talk at the STEM forum in St. Louis. Breaking down the silos was one of your main themes during that presentation. I have attempted to do just that by integrating chemistry, biology and physics into my physical science curriculum through Project-Based learning models. I am seeing great strides in student performance as problem solvers and engagement in the learning process. It allows them to think more creatively with respect to solving problems. Please read my blog and see some of the avenues of inquiry that I have pursued as a high school science teacher. http://greducation.blogspot.com/

This is a class assignment for school

In today's learning

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In today's learning environment it is important for our children to develop their personal skill sets. The public school system teaches our children how to learn a process in order to pass particular state exams developed to determine our children’s education level. The kids need to explore the imagination, use the skills they each possess as their unique character and build on it with the experience of learning in school.

chemistry

Well said, Ainissa. I'm

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Well said, Ainissa. I'm concerned by one thing, though: " we cannot solely teach to tests" should be amended to "we will not teach to the tests."

Suzy is right (although I wish she wouldn't appeal to Blooms taxonomy as a validation). Creativity doesn't need to be taught because, metaphorically speaking, we are created in the image of the Creator of the universe. Human children are creators by nature. Mattell only distracts them until we get them to a creek bed with natural clay banks.

We need to get every entrepreneur's heel off their throats, and off our own, in our classrooms.

5th grade Reading teacher

Creating is one of the

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Creating is one of the highest levels of thinking in Bloom's taxonomy. Unfortunately, creativity can not be taught, but it can be nurtured.

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