Creative Work is Like Working Out

I really like this video both to show to teachers and to middle school students. I feel like it helps to debunk so many of the myths surrounding creativity. For more wonderfulness on creativity and life check out Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert https://explorecreatelearngrow.com/2017/04/30/235/

How We Make the Shift as Teachers and Leaders from AJ Juliani

I loved this post What happens when students embrace design thinking? I especially found the below paragraph and chart incredibly helpful:

Design thinking helps lays the groundwork for making this shift. When we shift from preparing students for what’s next, to helping them prepare for anything, a world of possibilities open up in their learning.

How We Make the Shift as Teachers and Leaders

Engaged Environments Empowered Environments
Attentive and committed to our curriculum Attentive and committed to their interestes
“preparing for jobs” “preparing themselves for anything”
Teachers working to “making it interesting” Teachers working on “tapping into their interests”
You must learn _____ What do you want to learn?
Giving choice Inspired possibilities
Following the beaten path Making your own path
Taking an assessment Assessing your own learning
Consuming Creating
Differentiated instruction Personalized learning

Ada Lovelace & “Combinatory Play”

“One of the most interesting and timeless aspects of Lovelace’s story is that her foray into programming bore the mark of what Albert Einstein called “combinatory play,”which he considered the key characteristic of how his mind worked and which bespeaks the combinatorial nature of all creativity — the ability to connect the seemingly unconnected by cross-pollinating questions and insights across disparate domains to create something entirely novel.”

https://www.brainpickings.org/2017/04/05/ada-lovelace-poet-of-science/