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  • “AHA!” Moments

    A flash of inspiration can be productive and motivating, provided we take advantage of it. Here are five pointers to help kids appreciate the spark—and then fan the flames of creative thought and meaningful learning.

  • Want To Innovate? Science Says, Be Curious!

    At first glance, curiosity seems annoying because it can make a task take longer. A closer look can reveal how the extra time curiosity takes can make the task more rewarding and the outcome more unique.

  • Want to Foster Creativity in Children? Science Says, “Nurture Curiosity!”

    Whether you're a teacher or parent looking to foster creativity in children, finding time to indulge curiosity is essential. That's easier said than done in today's demanding climate, with such high premiums placed on immediate achievement and rapid skill acquisition. Have no fear! This article is all about finding space for the joy and magic of curiosity "in the cracks" of modern life, whether you're looking to take on a year long project or only have five minutes a week to spare.

  • 3 Strategies for Becoming a Confident Curious Connector (aka Networker)

    From my clients and my own experiences, I have gathered these tips to share with you to shed your shell and become a proficient connector (aka networker).

  • Does Science Say Smart People Are Creative?

    When I moved to America, I was happy that my children would not experience the "exam hell" that Asian children endure. Alas, they had to experience standardized testing "nightmares" because of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The intention behind NCLB was to make all children “smart,” but instead, it pressed no child ahead, curious, or creative. It resulted in smart test-taking skills, not worthwhile skills. Colleges and graduate schools increasingly admit smart test-takers, leaving future innovators behind. Meanwhile, testing companies increasingly get richer.

  • Why Creative Thinkers are Like Natural-Born Soccer Players

    The extraordinary and important-for-life thinking skills of creative children often go unrecognized and therefore unsupported. This can lead to serious issues at home and at school. Even if they don't have a specific "creative talent," we can look for creative thinkers as we look for budding sports players, musicians, and actors.

  • 16 Ways to Motivate Anyone

    Moving beyond the notion of intrinsic versus extrinsic motivation.

  • Young Children and Game-Playing: Ten Suggestions for Parents and Care-Givers

    Ten suggestions for parents, babysitters, camp counsellors, and other care-givers to consider when thinking about games for young children

  • Creativity Emerges When You Change-Up the Routine

    Creativity requires that we explore and question, discover and see -- even the most familiar -- in a new way. When we do, when we are willing to engage and participate in the moments of our lives, the work will transform and so will our lives.

  • 11 Tips for Self-Education in the Internet Age

    If we are not actively curious, knowledge-seeking inquirers—we cannot hope to attain significant insight or understanding in any area of study. Here are 11 ideas for an efficient and holistic approach to self-education.

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