Five Ways to Cultivate Creativity in the Classroom

5 WAYS TO CULTIVATE CREATIVITY IN THE CLASSROOM
Creative classrooms don’t just happen. They are fostered, day by day, by teachers and administrators who truly value the (sometimes loud, messy and unpredictable) creative process.   As a public school music educator for 15 years I have worked with classroom teachers who set up their students for creative success and also those who have not. The difference is clear when they come to my classroom for music each week – I see it in the risks they are willing to take, the amount of struggle they can handle before getting frustrated, whether they see challenges as an opportunity or a burden, and even how they interact with each other.
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By |January 2nd, 2017|Featured|0 Comments

Raising Creative Children in a Type A World

Raising Creative Children in a Type-A World
I am going to begin this blog by making a confession…when it comes many aspects of my life – my teaching life especially – I am totally Type A. I need order. I crave predictability. I function best when I am the one in […]

By |January 8th, 2015|Featured|0 Comments

How Helping Children Resulted In My Failure

How Helping Children Resulted In My Failure

It has been many months since I’ve written a blog post as I have been dealing with some life changing events. I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you the lessons that I learned from my experience.

You may or may not know […]

By |December 23rd, 2014|Featured|7 Comments

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 […]

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

The Helicopters are Still Hovering

The Helicopters are Still Hovering
I recently came across a great article in the New York Times that discussed raising successful children. I was inspired to share my thoughts on the topic, since developing successful children is the mission of The Artistic Edge (TAE).

For those of you who follow TAE, you […]

By |September 20th, 2013|Featured|1 Comment

Ensuring Every Child Wins: Should We Eliminate Competition From Childhood?

Ensuring Every Child Wins: Should We Eliminate Competition From Childhood?
I just listened to a story posted by a CBC Radio show out of Vancouver called This is That. This satirical radio show made an excellent illustration of how far removing competition from sports could go. They spoke of an “athletic association” […]

By |September 5th, 2013|Featured|1 Comment

Success Comes From Willingness

Success Comes From Willingness
It is the end of August and the summer is almost over. Where does the time go? I realized that I haven’t written a blog post in a while, so I hope this entry will make up for lost time. It has been a whirlwind of a […]

By |August 29th, 2013|Featured|1 Comment

The Power of Mentorship on the Path to Success

The Power of Mentorship on the Path to Success
Perhaps the best way to learn is to take advantage of the experience and knowledge of those who have already done what we are trying to do. When we are in school, we are often willing to accept the value of a […]

By |March 27th, 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 […]

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

My Top 10 Key Lessons of 2012

My Top 10 Key Lessons of 2012
Wow! It has been just over a year since The Artistic Edge was born and it is hard to believe that in that time we’ve added new resources, the Connecting With My Future interview series, two new bloggers and of course, a book!

As I […]

By |January 1st, 2013|Featured|2 Comments