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

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 […]

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 […]

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

The Art of Possibility

The Art of Possibility
Mindset is everything. If you see problems as, for example, impenetrable brick walls, then they will be. You would not even think there is a possible solution. If, on the other hand, you see problems as exciting challenges just waiting to be solved, then you will start […]

By |November 26th, 2012|Featured|0 Comments

Learning How To Learn From The Masters: Lisa Phillips Interviews Michael Brandwein

Learning How To Learn From The Masters: Lisa Phillips Interviews Michael Brandwein
Lisa: Thank you so much for joining me Michael! I’m going to jump right in with the first question. Can you tell me about your experiences in theatre? I understand you have a background at The Second City.

Michael: Yes! […]

By |May 8th, 2012|Featured|1 Comment