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Monday, April 16, 2012

Additional Blog Assignment Due Sunday 4/22 at Midnight

Creativity Gave life to creativity

Last week I asked you to begin thinking about several questions related to creativity, curiosity and education. Here are some of those questions:

1. Do schools in the United States systematically destroy (or inhibit) the development of curiosity and/or creativity in students? If yes, why does that happen? If no, how do you counter the argument of Sir Ken Robinson that schools do undermine the development of creativity in students?

2. Can a curriculum be developed that increases the curiosity of students? If so, what would be the key components of such a curriculum?

3. Can a curriculum be developed that increases the creativity of students? If so, what would be the key components of such a curriculum?

4. Can a teacher's actions increase the curiosity of students? If so, what would be those actions?

5. Can a teacher's actions increase the creativity of students? If so, what would be those actions?

6. What would help you become more creative? What role would teachers and/or schools have in that process?

7. What would help you become more curious? What role would teachers and/or schools have in that process?

Write an essay addressing these questions and post it on your blog. Use this as your Title: Creativity and Curiosity: My Thoughts - Special Post #12A.

The quotation that serves as a picture was taken from Curiosity Fuels Creativity: Teaching your kids to be curious by Elli.

Now I'll try and stimulate your curiosity. Who is Elli? How can you contact her? Will you do so? Why or why not?

Another suggestion: Read Educating the Next Steve Jobs from last Saturday's (4/14/12) Wall Street Journal. If you have trouble with that link try this one: Alternate Link

10 comments:

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  2. Dr. Strange,

    Before I start this project I would like to ask a question. Why are you repeating the question? Are we to duplicate the essay?

    Thanks,

    Jason Lynch
    MW4

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    1. You are too much! I was wondering what was going on? Perhaps by duplicating...we earn extra points? Twice the fun/twice the credit!

      Laura Holifield

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  3. Great thoughts you got there, believe I may possibly try just some of it throughout my daily life.


    Embedded Systems Course

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  4. If you are particularly interested in this topic, Daniel Pink's book, A WHOLE NEW MIND, offers reasons and strategies for developing creativity for yourself. His argument is that our society is coming out if a logic dominated era and headed into a more logically/ creatively balanced era of which most people are not prepared. He suggests ways to become a more balanced thinker.

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  5. I remember you mentioning something about a highschool that is explicitly teaching creativity. I forgot where you said to look for it. Can you point me in the right direction?

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  6. You forgot to put alt and title modifiers on the picture...tsk tsk tsk =)

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  7. Anthony - The link to information about the high school is the link to the Wall Street Journal article.

    Travis - I had the alt but the only way to check that is to set the adaptive help settings on a Mac, use a special computer that reads to you, or check it with a special W.A.V.E. tool in Firefox. Now, travis, read the third paragraph from the bottom of the post. I did not include the title modifier since I cited the source in the text of the blog in that paragraph. I have now added that info in a title tag but that is not necessary since it is the text of the post itself. I responded to you with that change. In addition, I hope to increase the likelihood that readers of the post read the entire post.

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  8. Travis - Good effort, poor judgement... Hahahaha!

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  9. Ha ha, I thought I got the teacher! I guess not. Sorry Dr. John, I did read the entire post. I must have been as attentative as I should have been. All things aside, it was more for kicks and giggles than anything. I learned something new today though, if you cite the picture in the post, you don't have to cite the picture "on" the picture, correct? Or am I wrong?

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