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Not sure where to start with teaching creativity? Discover how to ignite students' interests and passions. Then, stand back, and watch great things emerge.

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  • Illustration of children exploring sensory path

    A Hop, Skip, and a Jump

    The possibilities for creating a sensory path to give students a movement break are endless. Here’s what schools across the country are doing.
    Hoa P. Nguyen
  • Teaching Writing Through Landscape Paintings

    Teaching Writing Through Landscape Paintings

    When students focus on what they can see, hear, touch, taste, and smell in a work of art, their imaginations—and their essay-writing skills—take flight.
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  • Teacher drawing diagram on a whiteboard

    Using Drawings for Formative Assessment

    Asking middle and high school students to sketch something they’re learning can give teachers a clear sense of what they do and don’t understand.
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  • The Powerful Effects of Drawing on Learning

    The science is clear: Drawing beats out reading and writing to help students remember concepts.
    64k
  • Woman looking at Ted Talk on her phone

    6 Must-Watch TEDx Talks to Kick Off the School Year

    In less than 20 minutes each, these six brilliant TEDx Talks explore topics like chronic exhaustion, cultural identity, and emotional intelligence, among others.
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  • Fifth grade students give a presentation in class

    Expanding Students’ Ideas About How to Give Presentations

    A simple framework can help upper elementary students find the perfect method to share their learning with their classmates.
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  • Mo Willems characters reading

    Mo Willems on the Lost Art of Being Silly

    The author of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive The Bus! chats with us about creativity, drawing as empathy, and letting kids “do 51 percent of the work.”
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  • An illustration of spatial layout skills

    The Spatially Gifted—Our Future Architects and Engineers—Are Being Overlooked

    Though they have the potential to excel in many fields, we’re neglecting a large body of students with a unique set of skills.
    14k
  • 4 Engaging Writing Tasks for High School Students

    Short, authentic writing tasks can encourage high school students to compose richer long pieces.
    437
  • Student straw tower

    Quick and Inexpensive Design Challenges

    Encouraging upper elementary and middle school students to collaborate in solving a problem helps cement science learning.
    387
  • Sketchnote collage

    How—and Why—to Introduce Visual Note-Taking to Your Students

    Visual note-taking allows information to be processed by the brain in three different ways.
    5k
  • Illustration of children painting a mural

    Transforming a School Through Arts Integration

    Structuring a school around the arts can help students excel academically and develop social and emotional skills.
    12.6k
  • Friendly Fridays Teach the Art of Kindness

    Friendly Fridays Teach the Art of Kindness

    During weekly creative time, students get to know each other—and learn the value of making others smile.
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  • How to Use Images to Teach Creative Writing

    Landscape paintings can inspire elementary students to use their five senses and incorporate imaginative details in their writing.
    941
  • Reducing Student Anxiety About Creative Digital Work

    When students feel comfortable sharing creative work on open-ended projects, they’re better able to show what they know.
    157

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