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For Kids, Art is About Control

Art is about many things, but for my 7th grade art students, it’s about freedom and control.   Many of today’s kids are over scheduled (I know, shocker).   I can ask my students on Monday what they will be … Read More

07 Jul '13

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Looking Like Me Art and Poetry Lesson

In my seventh grade art class, I’ve used this beautiful picture book, Looking Like Me, by Walter Dean Myers.   It is a colorful picture book telling the story of a young boy, and who he thinks he is, as seen … Read More

You Don’t Scare Me Writing Prompt Video

Here goes.  Watch the short video, pay attention to the smallest detail, think about what the words, images and music are telling you, and in the ‘comments’ section below, write your story. It’s that simple.

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“Learned Helplessness” is a Disease, and it’s Contagious

A disease is spreading.  It’s called “learned helplessness” and  as educators, we can stop it.

We inherently know that as individuals we learn by doing.  Yes, we need to listen to instruction and watch demonstrations, but at the end of … Read More

25 Sep '12

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Day of the Dead

One of the lessons I have worked on with my middle school students is Day of the Dead, a Mexican holiday that celebrates the life of someone who has passed on.  Some people think it is their version of Halloween, … Read More