Creativity 101, Mondday 6/16/14: Motifs in the Classic Film Titanic

Today, we will watch another classic film, Titanic. As usual, pay attention to plot, characters, and literary devices. We will also examine and learn about a new literary term: motifs. First, let’s take a look oat our sample piece of great literature. According to an amazon review: When the theatrical release of James Cameron’s Titanic…

Children from fourteen different families reflect kaleidoscopic diversity

Families, by Susan Kuklin features frank, funny, touching, and often surprising interviews, children from fourteen different families talk about how they identify themselves as a family. The range of families profiled in this engaging book reflects the kaleidoscopic diversity of families in America today: there are mixed-race families and immigrant families; families of gay and lesbian…

Leadership, Wednesday 6/11/14: How Great Leaders Inspire Us

QUOTES from:  Simon Sinek, Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action “There are only two ways to influence human behavior: you can manipulate it or you can inspire it.Very few people or companies can clearly articulate WHY they do WHAT they do. By WHY I mean your purpose, cause or belief…

Creativity 101, Wednesday 6/11/14: Learning from Great Artists – Pablo Picasso

An idea is a point of departure and no more. As soon as you elaborate it, it becomes transformed by thought. ” -Pablo Picasso Click Here to Visit A Picasso Gallery for Kids. Pablo Ruiz y Picasso, also known as Pablo Picasso (Spanish: [ˈpaβlo piˈkaso]; 25 October 1881 – 8 April 1973), was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist,…

Leadership 101, Tuesday, June 10: Leadership and Self Esteem

A leader with high self esteem does not feel threatened by others ideas. A person with high self esteem will not have a problem with letting the subordinates be empowered and accomplish great things. High self esteem makes the leader want to see the best in others as they see in themselves the good in…

Creativity 101, Tuesday 6/10/14: The Link Between Creativity and Self Esteem

Being creative involves an attitude of receptivity and self acceptance. Whenever you give rise to a thought, almost straight after, an element of judgment sometimes comes in. ‘Good’ or ‘bad’, ‘right’ or ‘wrong’, ‘nice’ or ‘horrible’. Sometimes this process is so quick you don’t even notice the space between the thought that comes up and…

Leadership 101, Monday, June 9: What is Leadership?

My summer leadership course for high schoolers  is designed to help students recognize their leadership skills and abilities, develop a philosophy of leadership, and learn how to apply leadership traits to real world situations. Students will participate in fun and engaging activities, learn from guest speakers and local leaders, and help plan and organize events…

Creativity 101, Monday 6/9/14: What is Creativity?

My summer creativity course for high schoolers explores several dynamics including: Active learners must come up with new ideas and insights in order to move ahead. How can we shake up our thinking patterns and progress toward “the unfettered realm of creative analysis and objective appraisal,” that Socrates spoke of? This course will encourage students…