Inspiration and Creativity

Some people are good at writing essays. Others are good at writing poems, stories, and/or plays. Still others are good at acting and singing and painting and drawing and dancing and making music, movies, or sculptures. Then there are the scientists, inventors, entrepreneurs, and people who do it all.  Or, people who are still trying to figure it out. Realizing individuality is up to each person…individually. (This conclusion seems so obvious.) What someone else thinks may help you improve or grow, but another person’s understanding will not necessarily or directly lead you to where you need or want to be in the future. In fact, someone else’s view might hold you back and prevent you from realizing individuality and turning dreams into reality. Look inside yourself, gain insight and energy from your personal experience, and trust your abilities.  — Ms. DiOrio

The articles, websites, and videos linked below feature people of all kinds doing their individual thing.  We hope you are inspired by them to do your thing.  Please submit videos, articles, art, photos, and other links that inspire.  Why? You were inspired and want to inspire others to think, create, and/or feel better about being themselves.

Childhood Creativity Leads to Innovation in Adulthood, by Christopher Bergland

The Top 10 Skills Children Learn from the Arts, by Valerie Strauss

The Poetics Project

On the Edge of Chaos:  Where Creativity Flourishes, by Katrina Schwartz

Can Schools Cultivate a Student’s Ability to Think Differently?  by Luba Vangelova

Creativity and the Brain:  What We Can Learn From Jazz Musicians, by Katrina Schwartz

Could Storytelling Be the Secret Sauce to STEM Education?, by Katrina Schwartz

A School That Ditches All the Rules, But Not the Rigor, by Tina Barseghian

Can the Maker Movement Infiltrate Mainstream Classrooms, by Katrina Schwartz

Math Class Needs a Makeover, by Dan Meyer

Beauty and truth in physics, by Murray Gell-Mann

25 Habits of People Who Are Happy, Healthy, and Successful, by Kristy Rao

How walking in the woods benefits your health, by Jaymi Heimbuch (See comments for links to research.)

Why Your Critics Aren’t The Ones Who Count, by Brene Brown

The Power of Introverts, by Susan Cain

Redefining Teachers with a 21st Century “Story”, by Mind/Shift

Instructions for a Bad Day, by Shane Koyczan

Why truly innovative science demands a leap into the unknown, by Uri Alon

The Beehive Design Collective, posted by Upworthy

On Bullying:  “Until It Happens,” submitted by Fatema and Chandni

Do Schools Kill Creativity?, by Sir Ken Robinson

Titanium, by David Guetta featuring Sia

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