School Should Be Impractical (The Practical Benefits of Being Impractical)

Schools are designed to be practical but this has a hidden drawback. Innovation is often impractical because it’s unpredictable. So, what if the push toward “practical skills” in school is actually making learning impractical? And what if impractical ideas and skills we ignore are actually what students will use later in life? Listen to the […]

5 Ways Creative Work Is Like Working Out

Creative work is inherently fun. However, sometimes it’s also frustrating, slow, and difficult. In other words, it’s a lot like working out. We explore this connection in the following blog podcast, video, and blog post.  Listen to the Podcast Just click on the audio below to listen to this Creative Classroom podcast. You can also […]

Who Owns the Learning in Your Classroom?

It took me years to transform my instruction toward a more student-centered approach. This is my story where I share my journey toward student ownership through student choice.    Listen to the Podcast Just click on the audio below to listen to this Creative Classroom podcast. You can also listen to it on the go […]

Was Yoda a Good Teacher? (Happy Star Wars Day)

Happy Star Wars Day! Here’s a reflection about Yoda, teaching, and the deeply human element of being a teacher. Listen to the Podcast Just click on the audio below to listen to this Creative Classroom podcast. You can also listen to it on the go by subscribing on iTunes (ideal for iPhone users) or Google […]

4 Surprising Truths About the Creative Journey (Why It’s Almost Nothing Like La La Land)

Hollywood often portrays the creative process as a solitary journey toward a fixed dream. But artists, engineers, and innovators, often find that the creative journey is fluid, collaborative, and evolving. Listen to the Podcast Just click on the audio below to listen to this Creative Classroom podcast. You can also listen to it on the […]

Be Wildly and Unabashedly Different (My Hope for My Cohort as They Graduate)

My cohort graduates today. I feel so honored to be a part of their journey. So, here is my hope for them.   Listen to the Podcast Just click on the audio below to listen to this Creative Classroom podcast. You can also listen to it on the go by subscribing on iTunes (ideal for […]

Five Ways Humor Boosts Creative Thinking and Problem-Solving in the Classroom

When we think about creativity and innovation, the words “humor” and “goofiness” don’t typically come to mind. But I’d argue that this is a critical piece of what it means to cultivate a climate of creativity.  Listen to the Podcast Just click on the audio below to listen to this Creative Classroom podcast. You can […]

Find the Hidden Opportunity

It seems counterintuitive but gratitude can actually help us find the hidden opportunities that lead to creativity and innovation in the classroom.   Listen to the Podcast Just click on the audio below to listen to this Creative Classroom podcast. You can also listen to it on the go by subscribing on iTunes (ideal for iPhone […]

Why Journalism Might Actually Be the Class of the Future

When we imagine the future of learning, we often hear about STEM and STEAM and things like robotics or coding. But I’d argue that one of the most relevant subjects for developing a maker mindset is actually journalism. Here’s why.  Listen to the Podcast Just click on the audio below to listen to this Creative […]

Getting Past the Attention-Span Myth (Thoughts on Creative Focus)

There’s a common cultural assumption that “kids these days” can’t focus due to screen time. They simply lack the attention span needed to engage in deep work. But what if that’s not entirely true? What if this generation is capable of reaching a state of creative flow?  Listen to the Podcast Just click on the […]