"Kids can't think anymore," is something I hear quite often in teaching.  Between Common Core, governmental control over curriculum minutia, and parents who micro-manage, over-schedule and simply do too much for their kids, there is no time for children to actually make decisions and think for themselves. Teachers can get kids to think critically by reflecting on how they teach:

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Use this Story Starter Illustration as Your Next Writing Prompt. Looking for something to write about? Use my illustration, Vegetable Medley, to inspire your next story!   Use the following written story starters and incorporate one or more into your next amazing tale: As the sun went down, he held on to the one thing he loved the most. With every note, life grew out

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Whether you are an artist or a writer, staring at a blank page is nerve wracking. We are all looking to be inspired and excited about our craft.  Using art- looking at it for characters, texture, setting and mood- can help you get excited and write your best story. There are many similarities between making pictures and writing stories. In both

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Maxfield Parrish was an American Artist who made glowing images with saturated colors that featured neo-classical imagery.  His first big break as an artist and commercial illustrator was the cover of L. Frank Baum's  Mother Goose in Prose. He worked in the first part of the 20th century and was one of the most prolific illustrators of the Golden Age

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Express Yourself! Paper Masks Inspired by Japanese Noh Masks This summer while researching projects for my seventh grade art class, I came across these Japanese Noh masks.  They are quite expressive and beautiful, while maintaining their simplicity.   Noh classic Japanese dance theater is a major form of classical Japanese musical drama that has been performed since the 14th century. The Japanese theater

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