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Creativity

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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  • Cultivating Growth Mindsets in Classroom Makerspaces

    When students are given space to tinker, overcome challenges, and explore independently and joyfully, opportunities to build up resilience and perseverance abound.
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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.
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  • Getting Students to Use their Favorite Apps to Learn and Create

    In schools, should we be empowering students to use their favorite digital tools to produce and engage with content? Research shows it can deliver surprising academic benefits.
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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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  • High School Students Thrive When Given Choices in English Class

    ELA teachers can engage students by encouraging them to challenge themselves and discover the joy of learning.
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  • 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.
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  • Using Street Art to Explore Hispanic Heritage

    Delving into street art can fuel conversations and learning about Hispanic and Latino culture, heritage, and identity in creative and unexpected ways.
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  • Transforming a School Through Arts Integration

    Structuring a school around the arts can help students excel academically and develop social and emotional skills.
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  • Playing to Learn in Middle and High School

    Play-based learning can help older students remember new material and transfer their learning from one context to another.
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  • 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.
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  • Two students creating a windmill out of a water bottle in science class

    4 Ways to Develop Creativity in Students

    Creativity is a valuable skill, and there are common strategies teachers can use to help students develop it.
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  • 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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  • 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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  • Creativity and Academics: The Power of an Arts Education

    Increased self-confidence and self-understanding, enhanced communication skills, and improved cognition are among the many reasons for teaching the arts.
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  • Using Projects to Build Community

    Starting the year with a fun small-group project helps middle and high school students get to know and trust one another.
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