Category Archives: Creativity

DIY and Political Expression

In our maker conversations over the past few weeks, one thing that has stood out in the protest-fueled air was the DIY nature of the Women’s Marches. Unlike many more top-down rallies, which furnish protesters with ready-made, mass-produced signage, the … Continue reading

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On Sewing Machines and Love

I enjoyed this lovely reverie by Jocelyn Heath on the power of sewing machines and traditions across generations in ”The Heirloom Art of the Sewing Machine,” part of The Atlantic’s “Object Lesson” series. I see this kind of family connection … Continue reading

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Hamilessons

    Congratulations to our alum Addie Matteson on the publication of her Hamilton-themed Hamilessons in School Library Journal! She writes: I teach in a Title I school, and I knew many students would connect to Hamilton’s difficult childhood. My library also has … Continue reading

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Holiday Shopping for Maker Kids

It’s been two years since we published our last list of recommended holiday purchases for kids, so we’re dusting off that post and updating it for 2015. Here are some of our favorites: Free Coupon Books – create a set of … Continue reading

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Youth Bibliography: Maker Mindset

Thank you, Booklist, for posting online our bibliography and article about maker mindset in children’s literature! Classroom Connections: Maker Minds, by Kristin Fontichiaro and Mollie Hall Booklist Online via kwout  

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Edutopia: Lovely Post about “Wonder shelves”-cum-Makerspace

From Rafranz Davis’s “Embracing Student Creativity with a Wonder Shelf” on Edutopia’s Maker Education blog: A few years ago, the wonder shelves housed our classroom math manipulatives sorted into individual or group containers. I knew that I wanted our learning … Continue reading

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Artist and illustrator Hanoch Piven on creativity

“A big part of being creative is to challenge all the assumptions. You allow yourself to … ask the simple, childish question: ‘Why does it have to be that way?’” – Artist and illustrator Hanoch Piven   Piven contributed to … Continue reading

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The Sticky Wicket of Creativity

We spend a lot of time talking about wanting students to be more creative. This is a challenge. Most schools are, by nature, designed to accommodate large numbers of people. And that means that, despite our urges and desires to … Continue reading

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Is This Creative?

As part of my ongoing collection of “creative” and “not-creative” projects, I submit the following (click to enlarge): My take? This is skill-building: learning how to make running stitches. It may lead to later creative sewing projects, but it doesn’t … Continue reading

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