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Pt. 1(Dylan)

Question: What did you do before you came to Baker and Bloom?

Answer: I wrote books and was a journalist. I wrote the ‘Alvin Ho’ series and ‘Ruby Lu, Brave and True’.

Question: Why do you work here?

Answer: Because I want to have fun with kids and to write with them.

Question: How old are you?

Answer: I’m 57.

Question: Where are you from?

Answer: I’m from Seattle, Washington, moved to New Jersey, then flew to Hong Kong and landed on 29th July 2019.

Question: What’s your favorite activity when you have free time?

Answer: I do Taichi and read in my free time. …


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“I read a book one day and my whole life was changed.”
Orhan Pamuk

We love books at Baker & Bloom.

We believe that the right book, read at the right time, will inspire people to change the world for the better.

But we never know when the timing is right, or what the right book is.

So we keep on reading.

And when we come across a book worth reading, that shows us something new about ourselves, or our world, we pass it on and hope that others read it too.

Here are five books that have changed us in ways big and small, and we hope that they do the same for you, too. …


What grade are you?

Grade 4

How long have you been going to Baker & Bloom?

2 years

What’s your favorite thing you have done in a Baker & Bloom class?

I remember the time that we were scaling types of rocks for our volcano unit.

Why was that memorable?

We got to look at how different they are and some were from the park so it was really cool to see that they were unique.

What is your favorite class at school and why?

Writing because I get to use my imagination.

What are you looking forward to this summer?


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Why join a public speaking class?

Perhaps you would like your kid to be more comfortable giving presentations or speaking up in the classroom.

Perhaps you’ve seen her shyness when she interacts with her peers and elders and you would like her to “come out of her shell” a little more.

Or perhaps you imagine a wide-ranging, high-achieving, award-winning career for her that would involve lots and lots of speeches, and you just want to prepare her for that, starting now.

We can only guess, but we can tell you why we teach public speaking.

It’s the smile on your kid’s face when she manages to make her point, tell her story, and end her speech with a bow.

Don’t believe us?

Let us show you what we mean.

To learn more about our public speaking workshops, visit https://www.bakerandbloom.com/summer-2019


What grade are you in?

Grade 1

How long have you been going to Baker & Bloom?

I don’t know how many years. Two?

What’s your favorite thing you have done in a Baker & Bloom class?

Making the bridge because it was fun using those things to make up a bridge.

What is your favorite class at school and why?

Art class because you can do arts and crafts but painting and painting quilts.

What are you looking forward to this summer?

We are going to Cremona for violin competitions.

What do you hope to learn or what skills do you want to master in your next year at school?

More swimming skills because I am not really good at swimming.

What advice would you give to students starting G1?

Spell your words right because in Foundation Year most of the children have wrong spellings.

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While we can talk about creativity all we want, how do we teach it in our classrooms?

Here are 5 ways we do so:

#1 — Focusing on an Outcome and/or Product
As covered in a previous post, we cannot create what we cannot see (in our mind). A recurring theme in the accounts and reflections of highly creative people is the proverbial “flash of inspiration”, their glimpse of a bigger, more complete, and more perfect whole.

This is why we focus our summer courses on a specific outcome or end product, from creating a book, giving a speech, to solving a mystery. We believe that bringing what is in the head into reality is one of the most enriching and enjoyable experiences you can have. …


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Three Quotes About Schooling, and an Introduction
”I wonder whether if I had an education I should have been more or less a fool than I am.” — Alice James

“Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.” — Oscar Wilde

“What does education often do? It makes a straight-cut ditch of a free, meandering brook.”

- Henry David Thoreau

We spend most of our good years in schools, are repeatedly told that schools prepare us for life, and spend an inordinate amount of resources finding ways to get our children into the best schools possible. …


What grade are you in?

K3

How long have you been going to Baker & Bloom?

I do not know how many years; a long time.

What is your favourite thing that you have done at Baker & Bloom

Making the poem about the mice. I liked it because we get to make a poem and draw pictures with the poem and make some backgrounds.

What is your favorite class at school and why?

Soccer because you get to kick and score goals.

What are you looking forward to this summer?

I am excited to do a Lego camp because we get to build a lot of Legos. …


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Have you ever felt fully focused, entirely immersed, and lost track of time doing something you’re good at?

If you do, then you’ve been in flow.

Coined by psychologist Mihály Csíkszentmihályi in 1975, the flow state is defined as the “optimal state of consciousness where we feel our best and perform our best’.”

And it is crucial to creativity.

Do what you love, or learn to love doing
The funny thing about being in flow is that what you do doesn’t really matter.

People have experienced flow washing dishes, doing homework, and taking walks. In a world where we emphasise doing what is meaningful and purposeful, where we (try to) account for each and every minute we spend, this seems like poor advice. …


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What comes to mind when you hear that someone is “creative”?

Maybe you picture a problem-solver, someone who sees what’s possible where others see obstacles.

Or maybe you picture an eccentric, someone who lives life unfettered by fashion, or the opinions of others.

Or maybe you picture a craftsman, someone who makes stuff, and makes them well.

No matter what the word means to you, there is one ingredient that creativity needs.

Ideas.

The problem-solver has an idea for a solution and proceeds to execute it, step by careful step.

The eccentric leaps from one contrarian idea to another, living life as quickly as their thinking allows. …

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Baker & Bloom

Baker & Bloom is a K-12 education organization that immerses students in academic rigor and creative thinking to prepare them for the future.

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