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ERIC Number: EJ1000570
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-1946-0406
Everyday Creativity: Spaces and Places for Ideas to Flourish
Bloom, Paula Jorde; Hentschel, Ann
Exchange: The Early Childhood Leaders' Magazine Since 1978, n206 p10-15 Jul-Aug 2012
In an era of early learning standards, packaged curriculums, and state quality rating systems, many directors lament that the accountability movement has sapped the creativity out of their programs. They say their teachers feel constricted, as though their own good ideas just don't matter anymore. Not true. In fact, it's more vital than ever to promote learning environments where staff find their own voice and become innovative in their work with children. But a spirit of creativity and vibrancy in programs doesn't just happen; it has to be cultivated. Directors are in an influential role to rev up their center's creativity quotient. Their words and their actions can encourage or stifle experimentation and their teachers' willingness to look at their classroom practices in new and innovative ways. So how can they help bring those sparks of creativity back into their program? It all comes down to being intentional about providing the time, the physical space, and the emotional climate to create a work environment where new ideas can flourish. This article offers some things to think about.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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