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Teaching in 
Pursuit of Wow! 
Collaboratively Learning 
and Creating! ... And 
Teaching! 
Tim Murphey mitsmail1@gmail.com ...
I’m 
Collaboratively Energizing My Imagination 
(with you) 
Col LA bxra TIVE ly EN er GI zing MY i MA gi NA tion 
Collabor...
What is the difference between 
learning 
and 
creativity?
One general distinction from most 
people: 
We learn about something old 
that is already known. 
and 
Creativity – orient...
Creating 
Teaching 
Learning 
CLT 
TLC 
Over lapping co-constructed Concepts
Learning (and teaching) are 
creating 
something new in your mind! 
example:
With this piece of information 
“Tim once lived in Switzerland” 
Are you learning? 
Or 
Are you imagining? 
Or 
Are you cr...
Facebook Posting Nov 17, 2014 
On a teacher’s facebook/ iTDi blog 
Kevin Stein: Phil, it's funny. We were just talking 
to...
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (talking about Flow) 
P. 5, 6 in the postscript of Creativity: the psychology 
Of discovery and in...
The Advantages of seeing 
Learning and Teaching 
as Creating! 
1. Makes learning/teaching more exciting! 
2. Motivates lea...
Four Out of the Box Ideas 
1. Information is overrated. 
Considering questions are 
at the heart of learning and creativit...
Suzy
Four Out of the Box Ideas with Suzy 
1. Information is overrated. 
Considering questions are 
at the heart of learning and...
Health 
Happiness 
Learning Teaching Creating 
Love 2.0 
Barbara Fredrickson: 
Micro moments of connection, positivity res...
I’m Young Strong and Beautiful 
I’m living an adventure 
The world’s so fascinating 
It makes me wanna cry 
I wanna cry to...
Power Posing = increase in 
testosterone 
THE CONFIDENCE HORMONE 
Small Posing = Increase in cortisone 
The STRESS HORMONE...
I’M IN LOVE!!!!
I’M IN LOVE!!!!
Wilga Rivers wrote in her 1976 book, 
"We need not be tied to a 
curriculum created for another 
situation or another grou...
Ionell Jay Terogo’s Class 
Power Pose of Love
I’M IN 
LOVE!!!! 
Happy 
2015!!!
I’m Young Strong and Beautiful 
I’m living an adventure 
The world’s so fascinating 
It makes me wanna cry 
I wanna cry to...
Kamsamida 
What are you doing now?
Geta wow learncreatef2014nov22
Geta wow learncreatef2014nov22
Geta wow learncreatef2014nov22
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Previous generations of innumerable people created millions of small innovations to this language and this technology/media that I am using now. Centuries of innovations permit me to convey to you that, “we stand on the shoulders of our ancestors and communities.” More importantly, none of these predecessors worked alone, they all used what others before them had created and built upon it, continually collaborating with real and imagined communities. Furthermore, I contend that there is little difference between learning and creating: learning something new is creating new things and possibilities in your minds, in your worlds. That is why real learning is so exciting! (Not studying and memorizing things for tests that someone else is choosing for us.) It is creating new possibilities within your worlds. When teachers stimulate creating in students, they are stimulating learning and agency as well. In this Plenary-Workshop I will describe some interesting ways of helping students “own their learning” so they want to “create more of it” and how we all get addicted to “Wow!” and enjoy “expansive learning” in multiple environments in and out of school, using experiential learning. I will finally meld together the Social Neuroscience of Education (Cozolino, 2013), Love 2.0 (Fredrickson, 2013), and Brave (Sarah Bareilles, 2013), to help us create more Wow!s in our classrooms. I will demonstrate much of this by inviting you to sing and move with me as we create. Finally, I will demonstrate as well how improvisation can help students relax, enjoy themselves, and create and learn.

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Geta wow learncreatef2014nov22

  1. 1. Teaching in Pursuit of Wow! Collaboratively Learning and Creating! ... And Teaching! Tim Murphey mitsmail1@gmail.com GETA: Global English Teachers Association "Towards Creativity in ELT: Issues and Directions” Nov. 22, 2014
  2. 2. I’m Collaboratively Energizing My Imagination (with you) Col LA bxra TIVE ly EN er GI zing MY i MA gi NA tion Collaboratively Energizing My Imagination 1. Chunking 2. Back Formation 3. Rhythm 4. Song 5. Tie to Routine Day What are you doing now?
  3. 3. What is the difference between learning and creativity?
  4. 4. One general distinction from most people: We learn about something old that is already known. and Creativity – oriented toward the new, something we do not yet know What are you doing now?
  5. 5. Creating Teaching Learning CLT TLC Over lapping co-constructed Concepts
  6. 6. Learning (and teaching) are creating something new in your mind! example:
  7. 7. With this piece of information “Tim once lived in Switzerland” Are you learning? Or Are you imagining? Or Are you creating? Or Are you doing all three?
  8. 8. Facebook Posting Nov 17, 2014 On a teacher’s facebook/ iTDi blog Kevin Stein: Phil, it's funny. We were just talking tonight about how a lot of the time we endup tweaking activities because we can't really understand what the heck the person wrote in the first place. So our ha lf fo r me d ide a o f th e a ctivity, just to make it work in class, ne e ds a huge da s h of our own ima gina tion .
  9. 9. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (talking about Flow) P. 5, 6 in the postscript of Creativity: the psychology Of discovery and invention (1996/2013) Twenty five years before I began to write these lines , I made a discovery that took all the intervening time for me to realize I had made [it]. To call it a “discovery” is perhaps misleading, for people have been aware of it since the dawn of time. Yet the word is appropriate, because even though my finding itself was well known, it had not been described or theoretically explained by the relevant branch of scholarship, which in this case happens to be psychology. So I spent the next quarter-century investigating this elusive phenomenon.
  10. 10. The Advantages of seeing Learning and Teaching as Creating! 1. Makes learning/teaching more exciting! 2. Motivates learners/teachers more! 3. Is a truer description of what happens! 4. Can put us all in a state of awe and flow! 5. Creates more respect for what we do! 6.Turns the classroom into a creativity lab! 7. Gives us permission to experiment and fail, and improvise! 8. Makes learners into teachers and teachers into learners. What are you doing now?...
  11. 11. Four Out of the Box Ideas 1. Information is overrated. Considering questions are at the heart of learning and creativity. 2. Success is overrated. Challenge is what we crave and what makes us creative. 3. Listening to teaching/telling is overrated. Doing teaching/telling deepens learning and creates meanings. 4. Creating and Learning and Teaching can often be synonymous. And this understanding has advantages for teaching and learning. Ask your partners: Whatcha doin’ now? Suzi Suzi
  12. 12. Suzy
  13. 13. Four Out of the Box Ideas with Suzy 1. Information is overrated. Considering questions are at the heart of learning and creativity. 2. Success is overrated. Challenge is what we crave and what makes us creative. 3. Listening to teaching/telling is overrated. Doing teaching/telling deepens learning and creates meanings. 4. Creating and Learning and Teaching can often be synonymous. And this understanding has advantages for teaching and learning. Whatcha doin’ now?
  14. 14. Health Happiness Learning Teaching Creating Love 2.0 Barbara Fredrickson: Micro moments of connection, positivity resonance Power Posing Amy Cuddy - tetosterone up, cortizon down YSB – Sing it.
  15. 15. I’m Young Strong and Beautiful I’m living an adventure The world’s so fascinating It makes me wanna cry I wanna cry to the world I wanna fly all around I wanna tell everybody I'm in love x6 I wanna tell everybody I'm in love
  16. 16. Power Posing = increase in testosterone THE CONFIDENCE HORMONE Small Posing = Increase in cortisone The STRESS HORMONE Amy Cuddy – TED.com pres YES!
  17. 17. I’M IN LOVE!!!!
  18. 18. I’M IN LOVE!!!!
  19. 19. Wilga Rivers wrote in her 1976 book, "We need not be tied to a curriculum created for another situation or another group. We must adapt, innovate, improvise, in order to meet the student where he is and channel his motivation” (p. 96). Rivers, W. (1976). Speaking in many tongues: Essays in foreign-language teaching. Rowley,Mass.:Newbury House And I know of no better
  20. 20. Ionell Jay Terogo’s Class Power Pose of Love
  21. 21. I’M IN LOVE!!!! Happy 2015!!!
  22. 22. I’m Young Strong and Beautiful I’m living an adventure The world’s so fascinating It makes me wanna cry I wanna cry to the world I wanna fly all around I wanna tell everybody I'm in love x6 I wanna tell everybody I'm in love
  23. 23. Kamsamida What are you doing now?

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