This Creative Resource Came Across My Browser

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This is a website that teaches you the ins and outs of chess. From learning how the pieces move to advanced strategies.

Chessacademy

With videos, games, and tactical exercises; you are equipped to learn and study chess at a high level.

I think this creates a lot of opportunities for the student to use their creative talents. Once strategies and deep understanding of the game are developed, the student should be able to use their creative mind to play chess. I think this is a great resource.

Here is a sample video

I wanted to make sure you were aware of it for the coming school year.

Chess has now become fun and cool.

Chess club anyone?

 

 

Here is $5 At Educents

I received an email a few days ago offering my readers $5 at Educents. I have been watching them for the past year and they have had some great buys and great products to promote creative education. So if you’re in the market for educational products, as many homeschooling families are purchasing curriculum at this time, here is $5 to a great resource if you’re a new customer. Just click on the big red $5.

*Full Disclosure: I am a recent affiliate of Educents and I only promote things I believe to be beneficial to my readers and supportive of their educational endeavors. Don’t worry, this blog won’t turn into a shameless promotion of products.

Ch Ch Ch Changes…

I have been away from the blogosphere for a while (does that terminology still exist?). I have shut down a failed website on music education, redecorated my office for better aesthetics and functionality, and starting new projects for myself and my family that I am really excited about.

However, I am not going into that today. I want to share with you something that I read recently. I think this article may change the way I homeschool forever because so far the implementation of ideas I gleaned from this article has worked extremely well.

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Drum Your Heart Out

I have been inspired this week.

I took my family out to a pizzeria and we sat down in the back room away from the main dining room. This room is normally reserved for sporting events (as evidenced by their large T.V.s) but since we are out of season, so to speak, it was just background noise. Until this commercial came on:

I love seeing a composer’s talents utilized in such a creative fashion. You can actually hear the song they intended through the water. So this inspired me to write some tutorials on how one could do this in their own home. If you have some talent and experience in music and rhythm, this will be easy for you. However, if you don’t have any, don’t worry. I have a fool proof way anyone could come up with something like this.

Here is another talented example:

So how do you get started? Well, find some things around the house, garage, or closet and see what you can find that could become a percussion instrument. In the following weeks, I will show you how to use them.

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Creative Activity — Connect the Dots with 1 Line Revealed

I hope all of you are enjoying these creative genius activities. I know that you may be a bit out of your comfort zone (I often am) but it gets better, trust me.

With my current piano students, I am having them compose their own song. Paradoxically, the younger ones are having an easier time even though they are less experienced. The older ones (near teen age and teens) are having a harder time. They expect there to be a right or wrong answer. They sit at the piano creating nothing because they are too judgmental. I met with one student yesterday having a very hard time. I finally got him to boil the problem down to fear. He was afraid it wasn’t going to be good. He feared criticism.

I told him that he would have to take a small risk. I wasn’t going to get on his case. I also told him no one at the recital was going to judge his composition or him because they haven’t composed before. I told him to risk the criticism, shove fear aside, and just write something! The pep talk seemed to work after I gave him a few pointers and told him to at least write 8 measures worth of music.

So why tell you this? Risk creativity. Be bold in just one creative pursuit. If it’s not your size, you don’t have to try it on more than once.

In the last creative genius post, you were to connect 9 dots using just 1 line. Here are two ways you could have solved it.

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Did You Do It With 3 Lines? Connect the Dots Part 3

Well, I think I have learned that the beginning of the week for creative genius practice is too busy for me. So I am going to shoot for the middle of the week.

Divergent Thinking of 3 Lines

So how did you do on the last problem?

Did you get all 9 dots lined up with only 3 lines?

I hope you did! If not, here is an idea to help you.

I gave you a clue: Use your TAN lines. TAN being all capitalized….for “tangent”. If you look below, the 3 lines become tangent lines for 2 out of 3 circles in each row.

3dotanswer

The lines do meet together, I just didn’t have enough room in my graphic editor. Oh well.

 

Divergent Thinking of 1 Line

 

Now we get to try this with one line.

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Notice: The instructions are a bit different so you have even more freedom to be creative with the solution.

What would you do? Leave your possible solutions in the comments below.

Creative Genius Tuesday? — Connect the Dots Part 2

This late creative genius post is brought to you by the flu. My daughter is currently in the trenches and it started yesterday. Our family has been sick since Dec 26th. It has been a veritable blitzkrieg of  disease on our house. But now to the main issue:

Connecting the Dots

In the last creative genius post, you were supposed to connect a matrix of dots with just 4 straight lines without lifting your pencil. Now, there are many different ways to accomplish this but here is the most famous one:

4 lines answer

 To think outside of the box on this one, you have to realize…there is no spoon…I mean box. A lot of people will automatically assume they cannot go outside of the boarders that are artificially created by the rows and columns of the dots. So this brings us to our new one: Continue reading

What is Your Mission?

What is your mission? What are your values?

This Christmas break, I decided to get a lot of books from the library (creative, education, psychology, etc). One of those books pressed upon me the necessity of defining your values personally. I’ve never really thought of spending much time thinking about my core values. However, I am excited with what I am learning.

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Creative Genius Monday — Connect the Dots, La La La La….

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I hope you guys had fun making your character profiles from last week! If you made them, I’d love to read them and see a picture ( if you drew it). You can go the post here and leave a comment.

Divergent Thinking

Divergent thinking is becoming  more important in the worlds of business, employment, and education. Traditional schools concentrate, enforce, and encourage convergent thinking. Convergent thinking is taking a problem, using resources, skills, and other attributes and arriving at a single conclusion or solution to the problem.

Now, this is fine and a wonderful skill to have. However, not everything has one solution. Some may have 2 or 50. The solution you came up with is, most likely, a good one but perhaps not the best one.

I see this all the time with my students.

When my students play piano or do something musical, they will look for one way to do something. It may be a good way to do something, it may not. When they are asked to find another solution or do it another way…..they shut down.

I got it right so I should be done

No, you got it good…but it could be better. What else could you do?

SHUTDOWN

I can almost hear a robotic power down of their brain.

They have had too much training in convergent thinking. One problem, one solution….is the mantra.

Later in life, their boss will want some divergent ways to market a product, increase sales, or find ways to cut expenses. There won’t be just one answer. This will require out of the box, divergent, creative thinking. So to encourage you here is a classic “problem” in out of the box thinking:

Divergent Thinking Exercise:

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Connect all of the dots in the grid. Use just 4 lines but you can’t lift your pencil. So the lines will be connected and straight.

This is a classic and you may already see a solution. This is just to get your brain primed. We will see more of this grid and it will get even more challenging.

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