Monthly Archives: September 2011

Looking Around with Open Eyes

Some days I feel inundated with messages from every quarter to the effect that people do not value creativity anymore and are getting less creative than they used to be. Let me say first that I just don’t buy it … Continue reading

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A Positive Framework for Living

Martin Seligman, one of the most important living psychologists and professor at the University of Pennsylvania, is sometimes called the Father of Positive Psychology. His greatest claim to fame is having put the whole field of clinical psychology on a new … Continue reading

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Having a Go

Sir Kenneth Robinson relates a story of his pre-school aged son’s nativity play in which his son was cast as Joseph. Three smartly clad little boys moved onto the stage as the Magi, approaching the infant Jesus. The first little … Continue reading

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Hopes and Expectations

Mr. Lee in Room 10 told his class, “I hope you all get fully involved in this assignment.” Mrs. Jones in Room 11 told her class, “I expect you all to get fully involved in this assignment.” What is the … Continue reading

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Seeking Community

There are two things I look for in community. One is accepting friends, and another is an opportunity for exchanging ideas. I am lucky when I can find both of these in the same person or place. The value of … Continue reading

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Jumping into the Deep End

This fall I am engaged in teaching a new course for me as well as working at a new school. Still, creating learning communities by guiding discourse and keeping lots of ideas in the air is what I have done professionally … Continue reading

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Your Creative Day

Every project I undertake, whether at work or self-initiated, is an opportunity to pursue my interests. I have been amazed in the course of my life at how often I have been able to define or shape my work as … Continue reading

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