One of the modern challenges for classroom teachers, especially at the college level, is how to deal with student use of laptops and other personal technology in the classroom. A new study suggests that, even when used solely for notes, laptops may not always be the best choice.
Some of the most intense pressure I feel is not from my work or my personal goals or even society. The pressure I have the hardest time managing and resisting is the pressure to please. Everyone. All the time. I know I'm not alone.
Picture your mind as a Ferrari on a crowded highway. The car’s brakes, though, are broken, and the accelerator is welded to the floor, permanently at full speed. You are trapped in a warp speed machine, never being able to focus on one car around you for too long, for there are always more. Personally, I view it as a superpower. But it was not always this way.
The gifted community is all abuzz about a recent post by Seth Godin titled “Actually, it goes the other way,” wherein the best-selling author and marketing guru implies that being gifted is a choice. I’m disappointed but not outraged, and here’s why.
Being able to feel and to express gratitude has been shown to make us both happier and healthier. One important factor, however, may influence whether the practice of gratitude actually does us any good.
I am sharing here twelve TED Talks for twelve weeks of a more creative summer. Some of the presentations are specifically about creativity, while others inform us about one or more of the six ”high-touch and high-concept aptitudes” or senses that Pink says are crucial for the conceptual age in which we live.
Barbara Clark reminds us that “under the threat of grades, bright students balk at venturing into the unknown or trying any area in which they are not sure they will succeed.” The resulting perfectionism and risk-aversion, far from lessening in college, can cause university students to focus on grades to the exclusion of deep, personal, creative learning.
It takes courage for parents to put college prep into a broader perspective during our children’s teenage years, especially when friends and family believe that admission to specific schools is the only validation of potential.
While there are many different definitions of emotional intelligence, they all include being able to recognize, identify, or perceive one’s own emotions. The idea is simple, but the regular practice of staying with our feelings long enough to know them is often very difficult.
While we individually cannot do much to change our educational system or paradigms right now, we can change our approach to creativity today in our homes and classrooms, including these five mindsets and habits that parents and teachers can to use encourage children of all ages, and ourselves, to hang on to and nurture our innate creative capacity.
Whether his achievements were the result of talent or practice or something else entirely, one trait stands out as allowing Oscar Micheaux to pursue his successive dreams: He was willing to be the oddball and to appear foolish in others’ eyes.
Gifted children will not necessarily fit comfortably within a group of age peers or meet usual expectations in terms of their development. For young children, this lack of fit may lead to misdiagnoses or premature diagnoses of learning and other disorders.
Creative Synthesis is a discussion of creativity, talent, and pursuing our full potential. Here I also explore intellectual life in the 21st century and the experience of creativity and intensity throughout the lifespan from my perspectives as a writer, parent, and teacher.