Creativity and play are children's work. They build confidence, encourage risk taking, and ultimately shape the soft skills young people need to negotiate school and careers.

But, as children get older, their playfulness and creative spirit wane. They aren't so keen on trying new things and are often afraid of failing when they do.

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In a recent edWebinar, "Building STEAM Confidence and Creativity in Middle School," educational technology experts described how enriching STEAM-based learning experiences can enhance the socio-emotional skills students need to succeed now...

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    Michele Israel writes about the ideas and best practices that are shared in edWeb’s edWebinars so they can spread innovative and best practices to the education community. Michele owns Michele Israel Consulting, LLC , which serves large and small educational, non-profit, media, corporate, eLearning, and blended learning organizations to bolster products and programs. Her rich career spans over 25 years of successfully developing educational materials and resources, designing and facilitating training, generating communication materials and grant proposals, and assisting in organizational and program development. In addition to lesson plans and other teacher resources, Michele’s portfolio includes published articles covering a range of educational and business topics.