5 Habits of Highly Creative Teachers – Part 5

5- The Reflection Corner

by Maureen Maher

To end this post serie on Habits of Higly Creative Teacher, let’s talk about self reflection on our teaching practice. Do you want to experience what other professionals are saying about reflection?  As an educator and life-long learner, we know how commited you are to your profession as well as to improving your craft.  Fortunately, you’re surrounded by great people who are willing to share their experiences, and to nudge us along in this journey.  These articles and video clips might help to stretch your thinking:


In a profession as challenging as teaching, honest self-reflection is key. That means that we must regularly examine what has worked and what hasn’t in the classroom, despite how painful it can sometimes be to look in the mirror. (…) One of the best things about teaching is that every school year offers a fresh start. Make the most of this new beginning – any time of year! – and move ahead with the confidence that you are mindful and motivated to be the best teacher you can be! What else do you contemplate at the start of a new school year? How do you make sure to keep evolving and progressing as an educator? – 


5 Habits of Highly Creative Teachers – Part 4

It seems that failure tends to be more public than success. Or at least that’s what we perceive it to be. We fret it, we try to avoid it, and we question ourselves every time we have unconventional ideas. But the simple truth is – no great success was ever achieved without failure. It may be one epic failure. Or a series of failures – such as Edison’s 10,000 attempts to create a light bulb or Dyson’s 5,126 attempts to invent a bagless vacuum cleaner. But, whether we like it or not, failure is a necessary stepping stone to achieving our dreams. Ekaterina Walter

4- Ideas About Failing

by Tracee Vetting Wolf

This idea cloud is representative of positive and productive ways to view ‘failure.’ How do you want these ideas to factor into your own life?

FailureAlastair Arnott. YouTube Video (11:09). 

Success, Failure, and the Drive to keep CreatingElizabeth Gilbert TED Talk (7:18). March 2014.

How to Learn? From MistakesDiana Laufenberg TED Talk (10:06). November 2010.

The Power of Belief: Mindset and SuccessEduardo Briceno TEDx Talk (10:52). November 2012. 

Failing until you succeed, Behind the Brand interview with Seth Godin. YouTube Video (20:34). 

Positive Failure: Understand how Embracing Failure is a Tool for DevelopmentAlastair Arnott. Dec. 2013.

Creating an Innovation Culture: Accepting Failure is NecessaryEdward D. Hess for Forbes.

Smart Failure for a Fast Changing World. Eddie Obeng TED Talk (12:33). June 2012.

Failure Teaching. Maggie Dugan for KI.

Does Teaching Kids to Get Gritty Help Them Get Ahead? Tovia Smith for NPR. March 2014.


As teacher, our practice is often succesfull, but we also have a lot to learn when things are not going the way we wanted to, when we’ere living some kind of failure. It’s the way we set our mind on the positive track that will make us better!


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5 Habits of Highly Creative Teachers – Part 3

Teachers who are trying to set up a curiosity cabinet and  use the remix culture in their practice are not alone. They need a network where they can exchange experiences and tips. That’s where the concept of tribe is taking place.


by Maureen Maher


Do you want to read about what other people are saying about tribes? The current buzzword within education is PLN (Personal or Professional Learning Network).  We think it is alot more than that.  We think it is about connecting with like-minded individuals who share your passion for learning. Having a Tribe means collective thriving. Helping. Having relationships that are meaningful. The tribe extends their assistance emotionally, physically, communally. They are good listeners and don’t mind taking helpful action on behalf of others in the tribe. These articles might help to stretch your thinking:

So find your tribe it worths the effort!

5 Habits of Highly Creative Teachers – Part 2

After creating your curiosity cabinet, getting us to be more curious is going to have a huge payoff, so let’s take a look to habit no.2: The Remix Culture.

2- Remix Culture

by Cathleen Nardy
Now that you’ve engaged your Curious Brain, we are moving on to Remix.

Have you ever noticed someone copying someone else’s work, adding some bells and whistles and then calling it their own?  Well, that folks is the building block of remixing.   Remixing is creating content using three techniques: Copy, Transform, Combine.  We actually do it quite a bit — and a lot of the time we do it subconsciously.  We don’t realize the influences that have factored into our point of view or creative expression. Everything we create has been influenced by something.  And, one of the perks of technology is that it has given us powerful tools to communicate, collaborate, and co-create.  Technology has the power to amplify the creation process and amplify the remix as well.

Practicing the habit of remixing is really about embracing a new form of learning and finding your creative voice.  It allows us to form powerful connections with other people and to engage in social learning.
The Remix Culture (3.53 min)

Sometimes the best way to understand is by simply doing!  So slap on some fearlessness and playfulness because our first remix is a “Literary cut-up”. Engaging in this activity is going to reveal aspects of your creative potential that you may be unaware of.  We think it is important to use activities such as this to express your creativity. We are expecting the self-amazement factor to be off the charts!

Take Action

This activity require you to practice a growth mindset of experimentation, creative confidence, playfulness, and suspending judgement

Remember, the best way to understand and make remixing a habit is just by doing it. It’s as simple as that! So, let’s get our creative juices flowing and start our week by creating a Literary Cut-up:

Step 1: Take a favorite poem (or song)

Step 2: Think about  how long you want to make the remixed version

Step 3: Take some scissors.

Step 4: Cut-up the original work into separate lines. Put them all in a bag.

Step 5: Shake gently.

Step 6: Next take out each cutting one after the other.

Step 7: Copy conscientiously in the order in which they left the bag.

Step 8: Share the final version.  Embellishment and rule breaking is optional and will not be penalized because we understand that there are rebels in the group!

What does the poem show about you?  How does it reveal your personal expression? How did it make you feel?

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5 Habits of Highly Creative Teachers – Part 1

For the next few days I will give you a summary on the course 5 Habits of Highl Crative Teachers followed on Canvas during the  2014 summer.

1- What’s in The Curiosity Cabinet

by Strawberry Blue Olive

Learning is by nature curiosity… prying into everything, reluctant to leave anything, material or immaterial, unexplained.  – Philo of Alexandria

Curiosity is an important growth mindset and plays into many aspects of our lives. It is a part of creativity, and is also important for you as seek knowledge as the teacher as researcher. There are a few offerings in the  curiosity cabinet for you to explore, and see how others explore curiosity in education, technology, health and research. If you have something to add to the curiosity cabinet that will expand and extend the knowledge bank, then please share with everyone.

I hope theses references will give you some fundamentals to construct your curiosity cabinet . You will see habit no.2 The Remix Culture on the next post!