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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Creative Genius Monday – Develop Your Character

I almost didn’t get this posted! I have  some cool ideas I wanted to implement at the beginning of the new year but disease has hit our household. I have been out since Christmas! Hope all is well with all of you. In this post, we have another creative prompt. I also review the last prompt about paperclips.  So here goes:

Use Your Creative Genius and Pick Your Character

Develop a character profile/narrative (Back story, environment, abilities, etc) based on one of these character names:

  • Jugglesthorn
  • Grimmfoot
  • Walbox

character narrative

Be inspired by these names, close your eyes, picture your character and begin to write. This is truly a creative writing prompt. This is a great exercise for students and adults alike to get the creative juices flowing around in the brain. Continue reading

Social Media Trend That Can Be Used in Education

There is a  trend in social media that is gaining ground. This trend lends itself to disseminating a ton of information in a short amount of time. (hence its popularity on social media platforms) The good news is that you can use this same idea in your education/homeschool with very little work because I am going to provide some templates for you that were provided to me through another company. There is no fear of copyright infringement as these were given away to anyone as a marketing device. So without further ado, here they are:

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Teach Your Kids to Fail Properly

One of the most difficult things in life to get over is failure. Failure stings, depresses, oppresses, and creates discouragement. It is very hard to get back on that horse and try again if we are never properly taught how to fail properly. Is there a proper way to fail? I argue there is. I guess it would be considered more a strategy on how to handle failure or a paradigm shift in regards to thinking about failure. However, instead of me pontificating about this shift, I am going to let Disney express my thoughts:

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A Different Kind of Book Report

book_report  I didn’t get English. It was boring, way over my head, and useless. Why do I need to learn how to diagram sentences? When do you use that as an adult? It was pretty much a waste of time. Some stuff was cool like short stories but grammar and writing could just leave me alone. Until one day, when I got brave enough to ask my English teacher to do an assignment on my own terms:

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