ArTiStS iN tHe ClAsSrOoM (13 - 14)

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” - Pablo Picasso

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The Atlantic: Secrets of the Creative Brain

By Nancy Andreasen

"A leading neuroscientist who has spent decades studying creativity shares her research on where genius comes from, whether it is dependent on high IQ—and why it is so often accompanied by mental illness."

Meat & Potatoes / Golden Lines:

"Many creative people are polymaths, people with broad interests in many fields—a common trait among my study subjects."

"One thing I’ve learned from this line of questioning is that creative people work much harder than the average person—and usually that’s because they love their work."

"Many creative people are autodidacts. They like to teach themselves, rather than be spoon-fed information or knowledge in standard educational settings."

"So far, this study—which has examined 13 creative geniuses and 13 controls—has borne out a link between mental illness and creativity similar to the one I found in my Writers’ Workshop study. The creative subjects and their relatives have a higher rate of mental illness than the controls and their relatives do (though not as high a rate as I found in the first study), with the frequency being fairly even across the artists and the scientists. The most-common diagnoses include bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety or panic disorder, and alcoholism. I’ve also found some evidence supporting my early hypothesis that exceptionally creative people are more likely than control subjects to have one or more first-degree relatives with schizophrenia."

Filed under The Atlantic Secrets of the Creative Brain Creativity Nancy Andreasen

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La Jolla Country Day School: Interview with Chris Schuck

Sonya Jacobs ‘14 interviews Chris Schuck as he reflects on his 28 years at La Jolla Country Day School.

This is a farewell video to the La Jolla Country Day community from my 5th grade English teacher, Mr. Schuck, who served the community for 28 years, eventually taking on the role of headmaster.

He is one of the best teachers I’ve ever had.
And one of the most exemplary human beings I’ve met.

Thank you Mr. Schuck, for everything you taught us, both intentionally and without even trying.

With best wishes.


Filed under La Jolla Country Day School Chris Schuck Farewell

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Dancing Out the Year @ Cesar Chavez


A tradition now in it’s 5th year: on the very last hour of the last day of school the whole Cesar Chavez community gathers together out on the yard to celebrate the end of the year with dance. This began back in 2010 with Ms. Adelina, the principal at the time, asked that we all do a dance together on the last day of school. Surprisingly, everyone knew the choreography, or followed along, and ever since we’ve been doing all of the major dances we learn on the last day of school.

Thank you Jeanne Marie Hallacy of Jamestown for the photos from which these excerpts were taken:




Filed under Cesar Chavez Elementary School Dancing Out The Year Jai Ho Waka Waka On The Floor Mahi Ve Can't Hold Us Manos PaArriba Jakey Toor Jakey Toor

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Information Age Education Newsletter: Education for Students’ Futures Part 9: The Problem Is Not the Cell Phone

By Spencer Kagan

My Favorite header from this article is :



When I was a TA in college there were always big debates taking place in my department about whether the internet should be left on or turned off during lecture - from some professors perspectives, college freshmen didn’t yet possess the discipline and self-regulatory skills to abstain from FB or Twitter and really focus on the content at hand. The conclusion I came to then - and maintain to this day - is: 'if you can't hold my attention, you don't deserve it.' I always had a difficult time understanding why this was / is such an issue. As an educator it’s my job to bring fun, engaging, interesting activities to the table. And if I don’t, well, the students will let me know by not paying attention; clearly, if what’s happening on my smartphone is more interesting than what’s going on in class there’s a problem with instruction.  


Filed under IAE Information Age Education The Problem Is Not the Cell Phone Education for Students’ Futures Spencer Kagan Jakey Toor Jakey Toor

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The Washington Post: Why Building Relationships is Vital in School Reform

By Valerie Strauss

Could it be the case that some reforms with promise are failing because teachers can’t or don’t form the kinds of relationships needed to make them work?

"…We set out this example to highlight that there is another, often hidden power at work in our organizations: relationships. We know intuitively that strong relationships are the underpinning of successful organizations but we pay little attention to this fact as we design and implement complex change….

….Perhaps most critically…. these more “emotionally” laden relationships are important as they indicate something about the “quality” of the ties. Our own work as well as others suggests that these types of relationships are critical in supporting change. Absent these ties, in which individuals can engage in risk taking and exposing vulnerabilities, deeper work and the changes in practice may be inhibited…”

Research by Kara S. Finnigan and Alan J. Daly

Filed under The Washington Post School Reform Relationahip Building Valerie Strauss Kara S. Finnigan Alan J. Daly