Entries by Dr. Rebecca Isbell

Good New Alert: The Young Natural Scientist

A young boy, five years old, sees a red clip that is used to hold tops of chips or crackers together. He is intrigued by this unfamiliar object. First, he observes the color and design. Then he proceeds to open and close the clamp. Next he uses the clip on a newspaper, book, and magazine. […]

Good News Alert: Too Much Testing!

For the last decade our educational system has focused on testing, testing, and more testing.  I personally believe that the most essential abilities needed for a full and rich life are not testable!   For example: motivation, persistence, creativity, athletic abilities, or musical talent cannot be identified by a test filled with bubbles and small […]

Good News Alert: Best Friends

In our lifetime, we are lucky if we have a Best Friend. A person who remains with us through the good times and the bad. They care for us when we are happy and they lift us up when we are in the valleys. I have a Best Friend that has been my support for […]

Good News Alert: Little Free Libraries

Recently, I was exploring Dunedin, Florida, looking for something positive to add to my series of blogs on positive happenings. I found a wonderful box that looked like a miniature school house on a post situated at the edge of downtown. As I explored the intriguing box, I found that it was A Little Library […]

Good News Alert: People who have “made it” in S.T.E.M.

We are continuing our series of blogs that celebrate creative happenings and the amazing people that are a part of this positive news. Today we are featuring some people who have “made it” in S.T.E.M. fields and, in the process, have changed our world! Dr. Mae Jemison, M.D.: Physician, Engineer, Designer, and first woman of […]

Good News Alert

Are you as tired of all the negative, angry, vindictive news as I am? Today I am starting a new series of blogs that will focus on positive, interesting people who are being creative. We will celebrate their unique thinking and find inspiration to encourage our own creativity. First of the Series: Classical Music from […]

Beginning 2017 with a Creative Blast

What a great beginning for the new year! I first met this illustrious group of PreK teachers and their supervisors in Colorado Springs on September 3 & 4, 2016. During our two days together, we focused on integrating the 4Cs into their classrooms to inspire Creativity, Communication, Collaboration, and Critical Thinking with their young children. […]

Innovative thinking in the classroom— Join us for a free webinar on Nurturing Creativity!

What is creativity? Why is it important? How can you help children develop it? Learn the answers to these questions and more with the authors of NAEYC’s newest publication, Nurturing Creativity: An Essential Mindset for Young Children’s Learning. We hope you will join us on Wednesday, November 30, from 3:00–4:00 p.m. ET to find out how you can inspire […]

Creative Excitement at NAEYC

Sonia and I just returned from a marvelous NAEYC Conference in sunny California. The sessions were wonderful and filled with enthusiastic early childhood teachers and a variety of others that work with young children. Our Saturday morning session, “My brain is full of ideas! Unleashing young children’s creative thinking in an exciting learning environment”, was […]