Beth Kinkel

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How to Motivate Students to Work Harder

In an era of rising academic standards, more kids than ever will struggle and fail. But research suggests new ways to help them thrive in the face of adversity.<p>Over the past five years, more than $200 million has gone toward launching the new Common Core standards, with the goal of closing …

My Teacher Is a Monster: A Sweet Modern Fable About Seeing Through the Otherness of Others

<i>“Love,”</i> wrote Leo Tolstoy in his poignant letters to Gandhi on why we hurt one another, <i>“represents the highest and indeed the only law of life, as every man knows and feels in the depths of his heart (and as we see most clearly in children)…”</i> Tolstoy believed that if only we managed to see through …

The Price of Admission: Dan Savage on the Myth of “The One” and the Unsettling Secret of Lasting Love

<i>“What is love but acceptance of the other, whatever he is,”</i> Anaïs Nin wrote in a letter to her then-lover, Henry Miller. And yet that acceptance is a “dynamic interaction” which we seem to be increasingly unwilling to acquiesce, going to excessive lengths in our stubborn quest to avoid …

Allergy to Originality: Mark Twain and the Remix Nature of All Creative Work, Animated

When Helen Keller was accused of plagiarism, her dear friend Mark Twain wrote her a heartfelt and lively letter of support, in which he asserted that “all ideas are second-hand, consciously and unconsciously drawn from a million outside sources” and that “the kernel, the soul … the actual and …

11 Imagination-Jarring Tips From Creative Geniuses

There are plenty of competing theories for how to boost your creativity: paint your room blue, work someplace noisy and distracting, complete a bunch …

How to Get Out of Your Own Way and Unblock the “Spiritual Electricity” of Creative Flow

<i>“Art is not a thing — it is a way,”</i> Elbert Hubbard wrote in 1908. But the question of <i>what</i> that way is, where exactly it leads, and how to best follow it is something artists have been grappling with since the dawn of recorded time and psychologists have spent decades trying to decode, outlining the …

How the Beatles Created Self-Conscious Stardom

As I watched “A Hard Day’s Night” again, what struck me was the screaming of girls, which is the implied sound beneath the opening mad dash to the title tune and becomes piercingly real every time the Beatles face the public: when their train arrives at London, and they run to a taxi; when they …

Psychoanalyst Adam Phillips on Why a Capacity for Boredom Is Essential for a Full Life

When was the last time you were bored — truly bored — and didn’t instantly spring to fill your psychic emptiness by checking Facebook or Twitter or Instagram? The last time you stood in line at the store or the boarding gate or the theater and didn’t reach for your smartphone seeking deliverance …

Rethinking the Placebo Effect: How Our Minds Actually Affect Our Bodies

In 2013, Neil deGrasse Tyson hosted a mind-bending debate on the nature of “nothing” — an inquiry that has occupied thinkers since the dawn of recorded thought and permeates everything from Hamlet’s iconic question to the boldest frontiers of quantum physics. That’s precisely what <i>New Scientist</i> …

Picasso on Intuition, How Creativity Works, and Where Ideas Come From

<i>“Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work,”</i> painter Chuck Close memorably scoffed. <i>“Show up, show up, show up,”</i> novelist Isabelle Allende echoed in her advice to aspiring writers, <i>“and after a while the muse shows up, too.”</i> Legendary composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky …

Anatomy of the Influences Behind Star Wars: A Mashup Masterpiece

<i>“All of us, we’re links in a chain,”</i> Pete Seeger said of creative work. <i>“And your way, is it really your way?”</i> Henry Miller asked before adding, <i>“The same goes for your ideas. You moved into them ready-made.”</i> This notion is also true — perhaps even <i>more</i> true — when it comes to highly popular works of …

David Lynch on Where Ideas Come From and the Fragmentary Nature of Creativity

As soon as we ask what creativity is, we invariably ponder the essential question of where good ideas come from and how we can coax them into manifesting. In 1926, Graham Wallace proposed a pioneering model for the four stages of the creative process, which was adapted into a five-step “technique …

Draw My Left! No, No, My Other Left! A Hidden Bias In Art History Revealed

Look at this guy.<p>He is half-smiley, half-frowny. I drew the mouth carefully to make it equal parts sad and happy.<p>But when you look at him — take him in whole — would you say he's having a good day or a bad day?<p>Most people would say: good day. He seems a little more smiley than not.<p>That's because, …

12 Dogs and 1 Cat Dance To Pharrell Williams’ ‘Happy’ On an Australian Beach

Robert Dollwet of Malibu Dog Training took 12 of his well-trained clients along with his trained cat named Didga to an Australian beach one day. He …

‘Remember 1988’, A Video Compilation of Popular Culture From 1988

Simon Peterson, also known as thepeterson, has created “Remember 1988”, a video compilation of music, video games, and movies from 1988.<p>In addition …

Perseverance, Self-Transcendence, and the “Slow Churn” of Creativity: A Conversation with Artist Rachel Sussman

At a recent event at the School of Visual Arts Theater in New York, I had the pleasure of interviewing Brooklyn-based artist, photographer, and Guggenheim Fellow Rachel Sussman about <b>The Oldest Living Things in the World</b> (<i>public library</i>) — her decade-long labor-of-love photographic masterpiece at …

Courtney Mattison’s Intricate Porcelain Coral Artwork

In honor of Earth Day, we feature artist Courtney Mattison, whose handcrafted porcelain coral artwork confirms her deep love for the world's …

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Disney Abandons the Old ‘Star Wars’ Expanded Universe, Will Connect All Creative Developments Going Forward

The <i>Star Wars</i> franchise quickly branched out from the original films to other forms of media like comics, books, and even television series. Something …

Love Undetectable: Andrew Sullivan on Why Friendship Is a Greater Gift Than Romantic Love

<i>“A principal fruit of friendship,”</i> Francis Bacon observed, <i>“is the ease and discharge of the fulness and swellings of the heart, which passions of all kinds do cause and induce.”</i> Thoreau would “sometimes awake in the night and think of friendship and its possibilities.” St. Augustine described …

Drawing Autism: A Visual Tour of the Autistic Mind from Kids and Celebrated Artists on the Spectrum

Autism and its related conditions remain among the least understood mental health issues of our time. But one significant change that has taken place over the past few years has been a shift from perceiving the autistic mind not as disabled but as differently abled — and often impressive in its …

Lucasfilm confirms all future Star Wars content to be canon, including the games

In an announcement today, Lucasfilm clarified its approach to the <i>Star Wars</i> canon as we approach the launch of the next trilogy of films. The stories told in the Expanded Universe--which consists of games, books, comics, and so on--has always been considered non-canon, distinguishing it from the …

'Mean Girls': 25 Things You Didn't Know About the Classic High School Comedy

"Fetch" may never have happened, but "Mean Girls" certainly did become a thing.<p>Released 10 years ago this week (on April 30, 2004), the high school comedy not only gave Lindsay Lohan her best role and made a star out of Rachel McAdams, but it also launched the movie careers of several of its …

5 Reasons Teenagers Act the Way They Do

<i>For everyone who is or was a teen, here are some scientific explanations for why they behave that way.</i><p>1. Risk Taking<p>All teenagers take stupid risks …

Tiny PMS Match, A Photo Project Featuring Objects Matched to Their Pantone Colors

Designer Inka Mathew matches everything from dandelions to toy dinosaurs to their corresponding Pantone colors in her whimsical photo project, “Tiny …

30 Ideas to Promote Creativity…and Creativity Killers to Watch Out For!

<b>Embrace creativity as part of learning.</b> Create a classroom that recognizes creativity. You may want to design awards or bulletin boards to showcase …

Is Arts Integration Fair to the Arts?

<i>An Interview with Rena Upitis, Ed.D.</i><p>Arts integration involves the use of the arts, whether painting, dancing, sculpting, or performing, to cultivate …