Tagged Creativity

Bringing Literature & Writing to Life

Having a challenging time bringing some life to your literature and writing classes this last month of the school year? One of my favorite activities to use is a comic strip creator available through PC, Apple, or Android. We just created our own comics last week in literature class.  The students created their own graphic novel written in the style of the popular thriller series, Goosebumps.  The students loved it, and it has caused some of them to delve into the series further. Check out this handy graphic organizer, and start your students on their own comic today!

Creativity = Growth

The latest ad I’m working on promoting the importance of creativity in education.  A great read on this topic is Dr. Ken Robinson.  You can check out his passionate TED talk on the subject on YouTube. Creativity Ad

Is History Dead in Your Classroom?

“History is philosophy teaching by examples.” That quote is attributed to the great Athenian general and historian, Thucydides.  We all know the old saying, “those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it.”  While true, the quote from Thucydides gives that saying true gravity.  History not only teaches us about the past, it teaches us about ourselves.  It teaches us the principle that everything throughout history has a grand purpose and plan laid out by our Creator. So this bears the question, do you find yourself in a history teaching rut?  Do you find yourself repeating endless lessons…

10 Questions to Increase Engagement with Your Students

Having a tough time grabbing your students attention for a particular class?  Try reflecting on these questions as your prep for your lesson. What is the big idea for my lesson? How can I incorporate movement into this lesson? Can I incorporate a dramatic, cinematic score into the climax of my lesson? How can I get my students outside my classroom walls for this lesson? Could my students demonstrate the main idea of this lesson with play-dough? How can I incorporate technology into this lesson? Could my students video a summary of the lesson with their tablet for this lesson? How does…

Are You Reaching for the Sky in Your Classroom?

I often tell my teachers that it is never too late in the school year to change something.  While there are a few major items, like curriculum, that deserve our full attention during the summer months, most aspects of classroom instruction can be changed at any time throughout the school year. If something is not working, why would we continue with mediocrity just because there are a only a few months of school left?  That makes no sense.  Teachers should continually be striving for the best, even with limited time remaining. So how do we continue reaching for the sky…

Sir Ken Robinson on Creativity

If you’ve never seen Sir Ken Robinson’s TED talk on how schools kill creativity watch it NOW at… http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity