4 Surprising Truths About the Creative Journey

About a year ago, I watched La La Land for the first time. It was as enchanting and mesmerizing as people had told me. And it struck a chord, in terms of the deeply human longing to chase your dreams, captured in the lines: Here’s to the ones who dream Foolish as they may seem Here’s […]

Share the Product and the Process

About a month ago, someone placed a pair of hipsterish glasses on a museum floor as a prank. Within minutes, a crowd gathered to take pictures of the new “work of art.” You could read this as a throwback to the Dada movement or you could view it as yet another ironic, cynical, postmodern statement […]

Seven Surprising Things About Creativity

It’s no secret that I like to make stuff.  My wife and I co-wrote Wendell the World’s Worst Wizard  and I have been blown away when classrooms choose it as a read aloud. I worked with two other people on creating Write About, a digital publishing platform. As a teacher, I like to develop projects and […]

Teachers Need Genius a Hour, Too

My wife and I give each other one night a week to pursue our own interest. It’s sort of like having a date night alone. Odd, I know, but something that allows both of us to pursue our own interests no matter how crazy life gets. I used to feel guilty leaving my kids for […]

I Hid My Art: Why Shame Often Kills Creativity

Just a few years ago, I would have been mortified for people to see that picture (above). When I was in high school, I decided not to go into Advanced Art, because I was scared. I had created a few pieces that won awards and I felt like my art couldn’t improve. I was frustrated […]

When Creativity Isn’t Fun

I used to believe that creativity would lead to fun. I thought that if I crafted the right project and included a high level of creativity, students would enjoy every lesson. I was crushed, then, when I saw students getting bored, angry, anxious and confused. At first, I thought that there was something wrong with […]