Posted on November 12, 2009 by Linda Miles
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“A capacity for imagination is our greatest renewable resource,” claims Imagination Now featured blogger Scott Noppe-Brandon. In a discussion last night at The Princeton Club, Scott discussed his views on the central role imaginative thinking and action could play in our lives, our businesses, and our nation, and he the role that the “imagination practices” outlined in the book Imagination First: Unlocking the Power of Possibility, could play. The book, a recent release from Jossey-Bass Publishers, was co-authored by Scott and Imagination Now featured blogger Eric Liu. Scott calls for Americans to routinize imagination, on a small scale through individual practices, and on a broader scale through changes in workplace, school, and home environments.
The event included a panel discussion about imagination with Scott, award-winning high school principal Maxine Nodel, and theater artist and storyteller David Gonzalez.
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Posted on September 17, 2009 by Linda Miles
How do adolescents and teens “play”? John Barell’s Playgrounds of Our Minds (1980) “casts education as an adventure,” writes Lynn Neuman, a dance teaching artist for Lincoln Center Institute, in her review for LCI’s Resource Center Blog. Although written decades ago, Neuman connects the ideas in Barell’s book with what she sees as a 21st-century imperative for students to develop skills of “flexibility, adaptability, innovation, and creativity.” While it is almost “child’s play” to consider early childhood education as within the realm of imaginative play (pun intended), Barell focuses on high school students and provides strategies and tools for teachers. Check out the full review here.
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Posted on September 2, 2009 by Linda Miles
“The Creative Habit is…perfect for people who believe—or may come to believe after reading this book—that creativity is the result of rigor, diligence, and a defined everyday process,” writes Lincoln Center Institute teaching artist Lynn Marie Ruse in her review of choreographer Twyla Tharp’s 2006 “practical guide” to creativity. Ruse’s review for LCI’s Resource Center Blog is a passionate call for teachers and teaching artists to take up Tharp’s challenge—to learn and use and teach the creative habit. She aligns the ideas and practices of Tharp’s book with LCI’s approach to imaginative teaching and learning, suggesting that students immersed in the activities of a habitual creativity might “increase the flexibility” of their minds. Check out the full review here.
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