Category Archives: curiosity

Change the Metaphor to Improve Learning – Speak Up and Feel Heard!

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Some ask why we fear teen’s insights? I ask, How can we  improve learning by changing the metaphor so all students and their teachers relate positively?  When kept silent – too many teens face boredom and frustrations that come from silent toxins. The opposite is also true.Students who speak up… Read more »

You Cannot Learn to Create if …

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You cannot learn to create if you … 1. Say you can’t. The brain creates when you tell it to do something original.  Ford was right when he said: “If you say you can or you say you can’t you are right.” 2. Focus on perfect. A brain needs wiggle… Read more »

#23 of 25 Writer Brain Boosters

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23. Teach Readers as Your Learn Inspire creativity and invention through teaching at the same time you also learn. Ask readers what you can do to help them to enjoy learning and teaching Open with a brain booster question to build curiosity in your readers. Remind them that we retain… Read more »

50 Questions to Lead Bloggers

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Leadership is changing fast and if ASTD is right in 2012 Leadership Handbook – a new kind of leader is already on the horizon! Could any of the new era leaders listed below help to usher in that finer future we all crave?

Mindful Curiosity from Where You Stand

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Ask What if… questions to fire neurons in new directions and open curiosity’s eyes to cultivate wonder.

Blaze trails typically reserved for the curious by running with one new possibility. The simple question What if… stokes working memory to think more like a genius that way J-Mac did when he ignored autism and landed a life-changing basketball shot.

Curiosity to Grow Smarter

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In forth grade we read a story about Inuit in Canada’s high arctic, who apologized to seals before they speared them for dinner. From that childhood story until I traveled to Northern Baffin Island with McGill University for 2 years among this gentle people, curiosity drove my desire to gaze across frozen tundra through Inuit eyes.

Creativity – Risk or Regret?

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If you agree with Sir Ken Robinson that creativity gets clobbered at school, you’ll likely also agree it takes risk to create and lead a finer future.

If you prepare to take risks you also prepare to create, in spite of structures that shun risks and stive to assess for one correct answer, only.

What comes to mind when you hear the word creativity?

MBAs Lead Innovative Brainpower

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MBA students at  the  Bitner School of Business in New York lead innovation with the brain in mind during their course by the same name. See their dynamic innovation story over at Forbes and at Brain Based Biz. This leadership class differs from traditional lectures,  presentations, or illustrated ideas. Students… Read more »

Do Your Questions Compel Others to Answer?

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What’s the trigger in some people’s questions that get even the experts tossing back responses?  Have you ever considered how a second foot adds momentum to your queries? It’s easy to default to ruts through asking questions that generate rigid routines, rather than lead to personal growth.  Let’s say you… Read more »

10 Windows into Innovation

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Have you ever sat with a good friend near an open window, on a warm spring day? Scents of new life ride on gentle breezes that refresh the entire room. In contrast, when gridlock enters a room, you see stuffy settings and breathe stale air with little escape from its… Read more »