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Jason Finley

Do Rigid College Admissions Leave Room for Creative Thinkers? | MindShift - 3 views

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    "'The tests we rely on so heavily really don't measure creative thinking and they don't measure common sense thinking, wisdom, ethics, work ethic - they don't measure your character,' Sternberg said. In his view, students go to college to develop into active and engaged citizens. If colleges kept that ultimate goal in mind in their admissions process, it would send a message to high schools about the skills that universities value and want to see in prospective students."
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    "Science Leadership Academy (SLA), a public magnet high school in Philadelphia is a fairly young school, just eight years old. But in that short time, it's developed a reputation around the country as a shining example of the merits of inquiry-based learning approach. Colleges sometimes have a difficult time understanding the school's approach to developing autonomous, critical thinkers. For example, SLA doesn't offer Advanced Placement (AP) courses, because making students take a summative test at the end of the year is antithetical to the concept of allowing students to guide their own learning based on interest and collaborative work - and just as importantly, the value of the incremental learning process."
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    On the Minerva Project...

    "In fact, in the first year the students will take four courses: Multi-modal Communication, Complex Systems, Empirical Systems, and Computational Sciences. The intention is for traditionally separate subjects to be integrated if they involve complimentary skills.

    COMPETENCY-BASED UNIVERSITIES

    As the Minerva experiment develops, some existing universities are taking steps to award college credit based on skills learned, not the amount of time they've been enrolled."
Jason Finley

The Power of Introverts: A Manifesto for Quiet Brilliance - 2 views

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    Author Susan Cain explains the fallacy of "groupwork," and points to research showing that it can reduce creativity and productivity
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    Wondering if focus on collaboration, group work stifles creativity and individuals ...Do some approaches to education reward those students who are simply more extroverted. Do we often, inadvertently, value Personalities over Substance in our classrooms?
Jason Finley

The Quiet Power of Introverts - 2 views

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    "...as a culture, our collective bias is toward extroverts. The popularity of work environments with 'open plans' that have no, or low walls and constant noise are completely focused on extroverts. She also notes the current popularity of what she calls, 'new group think', which revolves around work being done in groups and highly valuing collective thinking."
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    Interesting blog, great book. Really makes me think about how we design learning experiences...especially when we attempt to foster creative thinking.
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    "If you mistakenly believe that the most effective leaders are Extroverts, that using teams to brainstorm is the best way to foster innovation, or more simply, that Extroversion is a choice, you must read this book.
    Drawing on the latest research in neuroscience and psychology as well as relevant case studies, Cain effectively debunks the Extrovert Ideal, and equally important, helps us to better understand and value many of the attributes and behaviors associated with Introversion."
Jason Finley

Harvard Wants to Know: How Does the Act of Making Shape Kids' Brains? | MindShift - 1 views

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    "...researchers and educators ... want to know how kids learn by tinkering - fooling around with something until one understands how it works.

    They want to know what happens cognitively - how this learning process helps form habits of mind, builds character and how it affects the individual."
Jason Finley

Unleashing Potential, Harnessing Possibilities - 4 views

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    An Odyssey Of Creativity, Innovation and Critical Thinking
    An Action Research Study By The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
    Links to the full report: Unleashing Potential, Harnessing Possibilities, the Executive Summary and the Report At-a-Glance are all worth a look
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    "Under what conditions do healthy and creative individuals and organizations flourish?"
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    "...this work will have a significant impact on improving student achievement and well-being. This work is rooted in the belief that the more the organization recognizes, values and taps into the creative and unique capacities of everyone within and connected (to the school), the greater the opportunity to reach and teach all of the students in our care. This is the imperative in fostering a truly engaged and creative approach to learning and to individual and organizational health."
Jason Finley

Why We Need a Universal Language for Creativity in Classrooms | Education on GOOD - 0 views

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    "If we are to solve for creativity in education, we need a common language that defines what creativity in education means-a set of common values, subjects, and metrics that we can all agree on."
Jason Finley

How to Turn Your Classroom into an Idea Factory - 6 views

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    1. Welcome authentic questions

    2. Encourage effective teamwork

    3. Be ready to go Big

    4. Build empathy

    5. Uncover passion

    6. Amplify worthy ideas

    7. Know when to say no

    8. Encourage breakthroughs

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    Great for teachers when we think about how to work with students. Perhaps...even more powerful if admin were to read this as "How to Turn your School into an Idea Factory" with a twist of creating a climate to foster Innovative Educators.
Jen Kravitz

Singapore wants creativity not cramming - 3 views

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    How Singapore's education system is innovating and deliberately adopting practices to promote creativity. The result - extremely high PISA test scores.
Jason Finley

Harnessing Creativity and Innovation in the Workplace - 4 views

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    Great resource on creativity, innovation, and change. Has implications for working with students, professional development, program design and implementation, and more.
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    Page 10 "Planning for Innovation" could be helpful to the 2012 Fellows.

    Tables 3 and 4 are great ways to assess the environment for change in any of our schools when "I" is replaced with "we" or "our school".

Michael Martin

Creativity - 1 views

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    I'm looking forward to seeing Sir Ken at the Rowland Foundation Conference this week! In this interview, I like how he debunks some commonly held myths about creativity. Huge implications for teachers and 21st Cent. Skills...
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