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Structure Matters

by Janet Lee Stinson

This is the first post in a series that examines the relationship between structure and creativity in K-12 classrooms. This first installment features a TED Talk presented by Colin Powell in January 2013.

Colin Powell: Kids Need Structure

Before viewing the video clip, consider this question: Do you think structure is needed for children to have a proper upbringing?

While you view this video called Colin Powell:Kids Need Structure think about your own formative years. How much structure did you have in childhood? How did this structure support your success as an adult?

After viewing the clip, think about the main idea of General Powell’s TED talk. Do you agree with his view on structure in education?

Tip from a Mentor: Jot down your ideas so that you can remember your initial response to this media text. These thoughts can help you to prepare for discussion when you use the clip with others.


Ready for the next step? Read section 2 of our Structure vs. Creativity Series here!

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