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Excerpt: "You've seen them. The most successful people in the world aren't defeated by change; they thrive on it. They build solutions and problem-solve on the fly. They make products that serve thousands, even millions, of people. They are creative. And their creativity helps them navigate new technology, new problems, and new environments. Their creativity gives them the tool set to succeed in a world where there is no proven path and no guarantee that anything will stay the same.

This is why so many people have pushed for more creative classrooms. It's why videos about creativity in education go viral. It's why the Maker Movement has filled schools around the world, inspiring young minds to build, tinker, and play.

Yet, as a classroom teacher or school leader, you know that after years of honing standardized, formulaic processes, making the shift to innovative teaching and learning is not as easy as snapping your fingers and saying, "Voila! Let's put creativity back into our schools!" "


Originally published as chapter one of Launch: Using Design Thinking to Boost Creativity and Bring Out the Maker in Every Student, by John Spencer and A.J. Juliani, published by Dave Burgess, Inc. 2016.

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