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Motivational Monday - Creativity is Intelligence

Creativity is intelligence having fun” – Albert Einstein

Have you ever felt guilty for taking time to enjoy a creative endeavour while you “should” have been working? Ever wondered how to be more creative? Today’s post is about just that!

Albert Einstein’s quote is a wonderful reminder that creative endeavours themselves are shows of intelligence. 

I love this quote, mosty because it is a simple reminder that intelligence comes in many forms. Since it’s the holiday season in many parts of the world, today’s quote is a little less motivational, and a little more inspirational. A holiday break is the perfect time to be creative!

9 Types of Intelligence

First, let’s talk about multiple intelligences. Einstein had it spot on when he said creativity is intelligence. However, there are many types of intelligence. I believe that we should try to understand them all!

If you’re a teacher, you may have heard of Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences.  The 9 intelligences are:

  • Verbal-Linguistic   
  • Logical-Math 
  • Spatial-Visual
  • Kinaesthetic/Body
  • Musical
  • Interpersonal
  • Intrapersonal
  • Naturalistic
  • Existencial

If you’d like more detail, Northern Illinois University has an excellent .pdf you can download here.  I’ll be writing a blog post on multiple intelligences soon, but let’s save that discussion for that post 😉

Actually, I often create lesson plans to teach this to my students, especially those who seem de-motivated.


It’s important that students know that being good at English, math, or sciences doesn’t make you smarter than those who are not. Intelligence takes many shapes and forms, and students should know how to discover theirs.

By the way, if you haven’t seen Ken Robinson’s famous TED TALK on schools destroying creativity, this is a must-see! 

I’ll include a lesson plan for this TED TALK in my upcoming e-book of 25 TED Talks and Documentaries for your English class. (Shameless plug, I know, but I promise you that this exciting e-book will save you a ton of time and be worth every cent!)


4 Ways To Get Creative Today!

LOVE to be creative!  In fact, one of my goals for 2017 is to finally start working  on my creative goal to write a novel – but more on that in my New Year’s Day post.

Here are 4 simple ways you can get creative today:


1. Draw, Colour or Paint

Now, I know colouring books are all the rage right now, but if you read my last post on 8 Ways To Relax Over The Holidays, you know that I prefer to take a painting class once or twice a year. It is really incredible what you can do with a little bit of guidance and a whole lot of focus.

There are a lot of colouring books you can check out on Amazon if you’re into them. This colouring sheet coffee mug looks pretty cool to me!  If you’re in the UK/Europe, you can grab yours here.




2. Write

love to write!  (I’m sure you figured that one out, since I have two blogs!) Writing is a great way to find your creative side. The Weekend Novelist is one of the books I have to help me start my novel. If you’re in the UK/Europe, you can grab this book here.

Not the novel-writing type?  Try poetry, or even starting a blog!

Abby Lawson’s Building A Framework e-book is only $25 and helped me immensely in getting started. You can grab it here.


3. Organize or Decorate

I also LOVE to organize!  If that’s not your favourite thing to do, decorating is also a lot of fun. Pinterest is my favourite place to check out decorating ideas for the holidays, or even just for some weekend fun.  There are so many people who love to share the inside of their homes so you can check out their decor. Abby Lawson of Just A Girl And Her Blog, for example, always has some awesome posts.

(Yes, she’s the girl I bought my first blogging e-book from. You can get it here if you’re interested)


4. Make Homemade Gifts

Have you ever tried scrapbooking? A couple of my friends were really into it back in Canada, so I decided to give it a try.  Wow, do they ever make REALLY GREAT GIFTS!

 As you know, I have moved a lot in the last five years, so carrying around books or photo albums myself isn’t such a great idea. Mini-scrapbooks, however, make really cool gifts.

I always used 8X8 scrapbooks because they make perfect birthday or holiday gifts. They take a long time to make, but it’s really fun finding photos of your memories together and assembling them into a piece of art to surprise your best friends. Here is one example of an  8X8 kit on Amazon , but they actually have a whole Scrapbooking Supplies store!


Well, I hope this gives you some ideas on how to be creative over the holiday season!


Happy Teaching (and Happy Holidays!)




P.S.  For those who are curious, I took the main photo for today’s post right here in Barcelona, at the Sagrada Familia cathedral, in April 2016.

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