J. Eddie Smith, IV, writes about creativity in a recent blogpost and gives great advice on what NOT to do if you want to be a creative writer, company, or employee. You'll see a theme here in the following examples:
If you don’t want to be a creative writer, you should try your best to
Write things that have already been written.
Tell as many people as possible about what you’re writing before you’re done.
If you don’t want to be a creative product company, you should try your best to
Make products that have already been made.
Tell as many people as possible about what you’re making before you’re ready to ship it.
If you don’t want to be a better cubicle worker, you should try your best to
Be like everyone else, meet your boss’s expectations, and always ask permission.
Announce ideas as soon as they pop into your head.
Thus, if you want to be creative, do something different and don't tell anyone about it until you're done!
Ever wonder what affects students' perceptions of your teaching? Dr. Arletta Bauman Knight states that there are three dimensions for establishing your credibility in the classroom: Competence, Trustworthiness, and Dynamism.
Competence is the perceived "expertness" of the speaker, i.e., their knowledge of the subject matter. Competence also involves teaching the course in a way that will truly be of value to the student.
Trustworthiness refers to whether or not the teacher has the best interest of the student at heart. A teacher who is trustworthy is one who promotes positive teacher/student relationships. For example, students are made to feel welcome as participants in the class, the teacher sincerely cares about the welfare of the students, and the teacher is sensitive to gender and cultural issues in the classroom.
Dynamism focuses on the teacher's "passion" for teaching and his/her enthusiasm in the classroom. It also involves the presentation skills of the speaker. That is, a dynamic teacher is one who is more likely to be confident, articulate, and animated. He or she is one who "changes the pace" in a single class by using a variety of teaching strategies.
Liz Strauss shares her best way to end a Friday checklist. This includes ending your Friday work day an half-hour earlier so you can organize your desk and plan what needs to be done first on Monday. She then advises that we "consider the week closed, leave the office at work, give your brain a break, and have a weekend."
For the past few weeks, both high schools and universities have been hosting their graduation ceremonies (I went to two of these in May). Unfortunately most of the speeches were essentially the same and not really that interesting. However, I found this link to five great commencement speeches to be very inspirational.