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Can creativity be learned?

This the second post in a series from veteran educator and interview coach Charlie Margolis on creativity, higher order thinking and raising creative children. The first post talked about the process of creative thinking, and how creativity is for everyone. Charlie continues the discussion here … Why Creativity? When I coach people who are looking for jobs, I advise them to show they have solved problems. Employers want
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Raising creative children

This the third and last post in a series from veteran educator and interview coach Charlie Margolis on creativity, higher order thinking and raising creative children. You can view the first post and second post – and then finish the discussion below! Whether or not a child fully develops his/her creative potential depends – to a large degree – on the environment. At home and in school, children need to
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More than magic the importance of creative thinking

“My contention is that creativity now is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with same status” – Sir Ken Robinson This is the first in a series of posts from veteran educator and interview coach Charlie Margolis on creativity, higher order thinking and raising creative children. A Bucket, Mop and… For many years, I washed my floors with a rag mop and
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How is full-day K changing the preK experience?

There is no doubt that Full-Day Kindergarten is sweeping our nation. More and more school districts across the country are finding funding and space to offer a longer day of instruction verses a shorter half day. Over the past few years an abundance of research has been provided to prove that there are many benefits for the full day model. And so, the district
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Helping shy preschoolers in your classroom

Today we’ll share a video clip that we filmed for ehow.com, about ways teachers can help make a shy preschooler smile and feel comfortable. It’s no doubt that sometimes you’ll have preschoolers coming in your class who are very shy and a little bit timid. And so, what you want to do as an educator and as a teacher is to find ways to
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Getting a handle on behavior in preschool

During the past couple of weeks there has been a lot of debate over the way that the Town of Middletown, CT was handling behavioral issues with elementary school students. Many reports have mentioned the use of “scream” rooms for children who needed to be removed from classroom situations. (Click here for the full story). As you can imagine there has been much debate
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Talking Points – communicating with young children

We have another great series of posts from veteran educator and interview coach Charlie Margolis – this series will provide teachers and parents with tips for effectively communicating with their young children. How we speak to our children is relevant – here are a few “talking points” from Charlie! My one and only foray into the world of musical performance occurred when I was in third
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Talking Points: communicating with kids (part 3)

Here is the last post in our series from veteran educator and interview coach Charlie Margolis. Charlie has been providing tips for teachers and parents about communicating with children. Here are links to PART 1 and PART 2 … now onto PART 3! Say Something Nice My poetry mentor used to find something nice to say about every poem I wrote. I valued her feedback because it was
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Talking Points: communicating with kids (part 2)

We are continuing our series of posts from veteran educator and interview coach Charlie Margolis. Charlie is providing tips for teachers and parents that may help when communicating with children. Yesterday we posted PART 1 … now onto PART 2 below! Be the Adult A close friend was feeling conflicted when it came to dealing with her elderly and declining parents. She asked me what she should
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Exploring everything STICKY in preschool

I have been trying more and more to incorporate open-ended opportunities in the activities that I plan for preschool. A time for exploration where I don’t really know exactly what the end result will be. Lately, my “go-to” open-ended activity involves sticky paper … and the more I look, the more I see the possibilities with it are endless!!! And not JUST with contact
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