Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Teacher, Author

Creativity, edu:Leadership and Creativity

One way to develop a culture of creativity, collaboration, and problem solving is to embrace the idea of vulnerability. Leaders must acknowledge that they don’t know everything and be willing to work together with the members of their community to identify and solve problems. Vulnerability allows folks to come together to solve a problem. This collaborative approach is very different from the top down leadership that may be typical in higher education these days, but there are models of leadership that can take advantage of the multiple areas of expertise within the higher education institution.

November 9, 2016 · 1 Comment

Creativity, edu

About a year and a half ago, I first read the book Creativity, Inc. Since that time, I’ve read the book several times, fascinated by how these concepts might work … Continue reading

November 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

Your life, your journey

I have this necklace that I wear almost everyday. I bought it in Dublin from Irish jeweler Enibas. It says, in Irish, Your life…your journey.  Have you ever noticed how … Continue reading

September 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

What is consent?

I’ve written several posts about consent, no means no and yes means yes, and how to talk with kids and young adults about these concepts. Below I’m sharing a great … Continue reading

June 10, 2016 · 1 Comment

What we can learn from the Stanford sexual assault case

In January, a man was found sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster near a frat house. Stopped and detained by two Swedish international graduate students until the police … Continue reading

June 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

Planning In and Out of Class Activities

In my last post, I talked about the developmental progression that I think about when it comes to learning. In this developmental process, I consider the following: Learning Outcomes: What do … Continue reading

May 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

Developmental progression of learning: Things for teachers to consider

  It is important to build opportunities for connection and engagement for students.  In order to do this successfully, I make a continued effort to root my teaching in the … Continue reading

May 16, 2016 · Leave a comment
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