Tag: Creativity

The Thundering Herd

4-5th grade oil pastel buffalo celebrating the animal that so many Native American tribes hunted not for sport but survival. We spent a few days discovering the various ways they would use EVERY part of the animal. Next week a guest speaker who is…

Do We Allow Our Students to Figure it Out?

Reaching All Learners

When Student Enthusiasm Fades, Teacher Enthusiasm Must Soar

Remember all of those first day smiles filled with the anticipation of the first day of school that you witnessed in the faces of your students?  Remember their excitement as they met new friends?  Recall the joy of seeing their new classroom, new books,…

Rigor with the Brain in Mind

Great ideas for great activities in the classroom with the brain in mind!

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…

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…

Aye Mayte!

If Teach Like a Pirate is not on your summer reading, you are missing out!  

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,…

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…

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

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