Why You Should Stop and Think

Why You Should Stop and Think
I have been thinking a lot about habits of mind lately; patterns of thinking that we all develop over time. Just like physical habits, these habits are engrained in our subconscious and are meant to be automated, to make our lives easier. Generally, we don’t think about them until they […]

By |November 14th, 2013|Featured|1 Comment

Boredom, to be or not to be?

Boredom, to be or not to be?
I recently read an article on the BBC website by Hannah Richardson about boredom in children and I was intrigued. The thrust of the article was that, “Children should be allowed to get bored.”

As a kid, I don’t ever remember being bored, except maybe in history class. But I […]

By |April 16th, 2013|Featured|0 Comments

What is the Difference between Knowing and Understanding?

What is the Difference between Knowing and Understanding?
I recently read a discussion on LinkedIn about this question and it reminded me of why the arts are so important to preparing children for their future.

Knowing in its traditional North American definition, means being familiar with something. Having the facts in your mind. You know how to […]

By |February 22nd, 2013|Featured|3 Comments

Art Imitating Life: 5 Life Lessons Learned from The Wizard of Oz

Art Imitating Life: 5 Life Lessons Learned from The Wizard of Oz
I was at the theatre last week with my mom and cousin to see a production of The Wizard of Oz. I grew up watching the movie and as a huge musical theatre fan, I was excited to watch the show live on stage. […]

By |January 28th, 2013|Featured|0 Comments

Creating Conditions for Creativity

Creating Conditions for Creativity
A recent article in the New York Times by Patricia Cohen about Chuck Close, reminded me of the importance of a concept I learned about in art school called ‘enabling constraints’. Basically, this concept means that constraints can actually enable things to happen. This might seem illogical at first. Most would think […]

By |January 14th, 2013|Featured|2 Comments