ATA Magazine 91:3 - Spring 2011

March 2, 2011
Enriching Experience—Engaging Students

Enriching Experience—Engaging Students

The following excerpt is from an address by Indira Samarasekera, OC, president and vice-chancellor of the University of Alberta, to the Inspiring Education Fall Forum, October 20, 2009.

The Art of Teaching Creativity

Sir Ken Robinson, an internationally renowned authority on creativity, urges educators (and others) to embrace the idea of teaching our children to be more creative.

Testing the Whole Mind—Educating the Whole Child

The most important thing that schools can do for students is to help prepare them to deal with the unexpected.
—Roberta Bondar, Canadian astronaut

The Power of Creativity

Inspiring the Human Spirit Through Creative Communities

Although scholarship in the area of creativity occupies a relatively short history of about five decades, the concept has recently been re-energized in the literature, gaining scholarly and popular attention.

Einstein, Pooh AND Tchaikovsky, Too! Thinking outside and inside the Box

You are probably wondering what the title has to do with this article. The title stems from a personal conversation one of the authors had with a friend about the friend’s eight-year-old daughter.

Editor's Notebook—The Courage to Create

All my life I have been haunted by the fascinating question of creativity.
—Rollo May, The Courage to Create


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Questioning creativity

Dr. Garnet Millar has been instrumental in assisting the Association with this special issue of the magazine.

Personal Reflections on Creativity by “Torrance Kids”

The “Torrance kids” are students who took part in the Torrance Longitudinal Study of Creative Behavior in the late 1950s and early 1960s in two elementary schools in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

From the Bookshelves

The ATA Library features books and videos for teachers on a variety of topics.

Book Review

In Alberta’s education circles, Ken Robinson is probably best known for a talk he delivered at the 2006 TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Conference on the relationship between education and creativity.

Research Roundup

This theme issue of the ATA Magazine focuses on creativity and critical thinking in Alberta schools.

Critical Thinking: Barriers and Opportunities

There is consensus around fostering the growth of critical thinking in our students; virtually everyone in education says it’s an essential goal.

Teacher Wares

The third series in the Azrieli Holocaust Survivor Memoirs has just been released.

The Secretary Reports

Where do ideas come from? What happens to create ideas? What inspires us to take action?

From the President

If you’ve ever worked (or played) with young children, you have seen them learning through incidental, intentional or guided play, much of which is creative.

Where Are The Old Schools?

Readers of The ATA Magazine are asked to help with the establishment of a visual archive of the province’s early country schools.