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Is creativity on a downhill slide?

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Just as the business world seems to be competing to attract creative workers, students’ scores on tests of creative thinking appear to be declining. Education professor at the College of William and Mary Kyung…

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Will the real impostor please stand up?

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It’s popular now to claim to suffer from the “impostor syndrome.” Admitting that you’re afraid of being found out for not knowing as much as people think you know has become in vogue. Especially…

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Transformations

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For a recent assignment, students were to examine an advertisement. Questions led them to look at the visuals: subject of emphasis, originality of image, the placement of objects, type of people pictured. Then, they…

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Visualizing conversation

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Imagine you are creating an everyday conversation of a fairly happy couple lunching at an outdoor cafe. The idea is to make it sound ordinary but still drop in some clues about the problems…

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The case for the case

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Portfolio – a portable case for holding papers – a simple name for a collection of works into which a person has poured hours of deliberation and sweat. Today the portfolio is just as…

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The ogre of orginality

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The creative writer combines originality, complexity, independence of judgment, and aesthetic sensitivity according to the research of Frank Barron, who was known for his in depths studies of the creative mind. His subjects often…

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Multiplying like rabbits

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Have you been a the position in which someone who was purported to be knowledgeable, or even an expert in an area at work gave you instructions that were impossible to follow once you…

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Too rigorous for creativity

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A teacher voiced his frustration about getting gifted students past the hurdle of simply looking at events of a story to the uncover the devices that the author used in writing the story.  The…

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To cheat or not to cheat

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                  “To cheat or not to cheat, that is the  question Whether ’tis nobler to in the mind to suffer The sleepless nights of outrageous homework…

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Bucking creative standards

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A few years ago, my daughter and I visited the National Portfolio day in Dallas. Over fifty leading art colleges were present to review students’ art work – a sort of hotbed of the…

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