From an old mentor of mine: “Albert Einstein once said: “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” He was right. But across the world, the art of teaching creativity – and awakening joy in the process – is being buried.” via KR Connect – Blog of Kevin Roberts, CEO Worldwide, Saatchi & Saatchi: Einstein Nailed It.
I recently ran this workshop: Design thinking is a powerful tool that educators can use to ensure the interventions they develop are meeting the needs of the students in front of them. This workshop is immersive and experiential and takes staff through the process of unpacking a problem, creatively developing solutions, testing, iterating and improving that solution. Think like a designer to become a better teacher. [ Whole school | hands-on workshop | 1/2 day ] To enquire about this workshop for your school or cluster email Mark
“When so much information is readily available to anyone online, the key to innovation is not gathering more data but rather asking more questions–the ambitious, frame-changing sort that send companies down unexpected paths of inquiry.” http://feeds.inc.com/~r/home/updates/~3/chMSaVQGEfw/story01.htm
“Using design thinking to get teenagers to reimagine their learning environment, design firms and educators show kids how the process can help them make a difference in their neighborhoods, all the while giving them control over their own learning.“ http://feedly.com/e/JkOgP7gt
Great endorsement for student-led, project-based learning from business. “By letting your team do whatever they want, you’ll attract the best people with the best ideas. At the same time, the insights your employees gain through their creative projects will enhance their work on your organization’s core offerings. Most importantly, you’ll never have to worry that about what happens when the product or service on which you built your company becomes obsolete, because you’ll always have a string of new ones ready to take its place. ” Why You Should Let Your Employees… Read more Why You Should Let Your Employees Do Whatever They Want | Inc.com →
“When you use drawing to express an idea instead of words or numbers, you engage a different part of the brain. To draw an idea accurately, certain decisions must be made that even the most precise language can overlook. The result of making that series of small decisions? You’re able to get to novel solutions more quickly.“ http://99u.com/workbook/22457/stuck-try-drawing-your-ideas?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+The99Percent+%2899U%29
“To help get those idea juices flowing, here are some MindShift articles that delve into creative work, tools, and methodologies.” http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2013/08/10-ideas-to-get-those-back-to-school-juices-flowing/
“Yes, that’s right, I said anyone. Even you. You have stories you want to tell. You have things you want to say. You are the only person on Earth who can tell others how you see the world, and you feel about a given subject, a particular theme or trope. Whether you’re a natural writer or in need some polish, you can write a book.” So what you’re saying is that it’s really about priorities? It’s not necessarily about writing books at all? http://feedly.com/e/VKQocfE6