Passion-Based Learning, Week 3: Creativity Loves Constraints


In my third post for Powerful Learning Practice’s blog, our after school computer club discovers that limits bring certain advantages when exploring and innovating. In our ever-expanding digital world, applying constraints can actually augment our creative efforts. Seems counter-intuitive, and…

If you find yourself disagreeing with this format, consider how limits have enhanced how we learn online. Look at Twitter. The 140-character rule has produced some of the most interesting posts from our greatest thinkers (and preserved the “mini” blog concept). When the rules are set, the mind is allowed to play. Sir Ken Robinson finds this basic tenet to be true. “The creative achievement and the aesthetic pleasure lie in using standard forms to achieve unique effects and original insights”.

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Author: Matt Renwick

Matt Renwick is an 18-year public educator who began as a 5th and 6th-grade teacher in Rudolph, WI. He now serves as an elementary principal for the Mineral Point Unified School District ( Matt also teaches online graduate courses in curriculum design and instructional leadership for the University of Wisconsin-Superior. He tweets @ReadByExample and writes for ASCD ( and Lead Literacy (

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