I very much enjoyed this article and the great strategies from Wendy Ostroff, author of Cultivating Curiosity in K-12 Classrooms, to encourage older students to be creative! I especially loved that the article described her as “a student of imagination and curiosity.” What a great way to be described.
I loved this article – in particular the below quotes! https://www.edutopia.org/article/future-coding-schools
“Many people think of learning and education as a process of delivering information or delivering instruction. Other people see learning and education as student-centered—learning is about exploring, experimenting, creating. Those are very different visions that predate the computer, but of course the computer can fit into either of those two models. It’s a wonderful device for delivering information, but it can also be a wonderful device for creating, exploring, and experimenting.”
“I think the reasons for learning to code are the same as the reasons for learning to write. When we learn to write, we are learning how to organize, express, and share ideas. And when we learn to code, we are learning how to organize, express, and share ideas in new ways, in a new medium.”
“These days I talk about our approach in terms of these four words that begin with the letter p: projects, passion, peers, and play. So that’s the approach I would take with coding, but also with any other learning: getting students to work on projects, based on their passion, in collaboration with peers, in a playful spirit. And each of those p’s is important. I think work on projects gives you an understanding of the creative process, how to start with just the inkling of an idea and then to build a prototype, share it with people, experiment with it, and continue to modify and improve it.”
Great site with stories of the big “What If” questions and the answers they lead to – https://www.thehenryford.org/explore/stories-of-innovation/what-if/
Beautiful post https://onbeing.org/blog/when-the-going-gets-tough/ on what to do when the going gets tough.
“When the going gets tough may I resist my first impulse to wade in, fix, explain, resolve, and restore. May I sit down instead.”
Beautiful post https://onbeing.org/blog/ali-schultz-the-space-between-us-is-a-creative-possibility/ on the creativity possibility of working together. In particular I loved the below.
“Trust and respect were the foundation of our work together. With an ever-increasing awareness of each other, there was ease at play in the space between and a refined communication between us. We could sense each other. We knew when the other was tense and what was needed for reassurance to return to calm and connection so we could be with each other and flow together. What followed was a co-creative relationship that felt like a burst of poetry in which 1 + 1 = 3. Much like watching accomplished dancers move across the floor with utter grace, in the synergistic relationship between us, the whole was greater than the sum of the parts. The horses taught me about the importance of this dance, and not only what it takes to play well with others, but what it means to create and be part of a “third, much greater thing.””
“This is the first, the wildest and the wisest thing I know: that the soul exists and is built entirely out of attentiveness.” -Mary Oliver
Beautiful post from Parker Palmer on OnBeing.