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Story Starter Challenge

Win a Free Print of this image as well as critical thinking graphic organizers! Simply watch the short video and answer the questions below, it’s that easy. The first person to answer all three questions correctly will win an … Read More

Toughness and Grit Pay Off in the Classroom

The 60s may have been all about hippies and ‘free love’, but in the classroom, teachers still held students to a higher standard- and students benefited from it.

Joanne Lipman, a former deputy managing editor of The Wall Street … Read More

5 Steps to Increase Creativity in Your Workspace

To help you release all the awesomeness that you possess,  I’ve detailed five specific steps you can take to increase your productivity and your creativity. When your workspace flows, so will you. Problem #1: Your workspace is schizophrenic.

Whether … Read More

How Comic Strip Storyboards Help Students Sequence a Story

For many students, sequencing a story can be difficult.  Often, it makes sense in their mind, but when they try to organize their thoughts on paper, it becomes a hot mess.  They are bursting with ideas, characters and dynamic scenes, … Read More

How Day of the Dead Art Helps You Heal, Part 1

Listening to AC/DC’s Highway to Hell, I saw this girl walk over and sit next to me on the bleachers.  She seemed just as annoyed as I was.  Not being dressed for gym, we were  banished to “to think about … Read More

Doodle Heroes- Draw, Write and Think Divergently

Doodle Heroes Save the Day- Lesson on Drawing, Writing and Thinking Divergently Why Creative Writing Inspired by Student Art Works So Well…

Kids love to doodle, in math class, social studies, wherever.  Some of their drawings are fantastic- and … Read More

Winner of the “Shakespeare Aficionados” contest!

Last week I posted an image of one of my illustrations, Quotable Shakespeare:

I asked for Shakespeare quotes and how they are used in class.  One winner would receive my print, and the winner is…

Peter Berger… You won! I’ll … Read More

Shakespeare Afficionados: Win a FREE Shakespeare Illustration!

Shakespeare quotes are classic- dripping with hidden (and sometimes not so hidden) meaning. Inspire your students with this original one-of-a-kind Shakespeare illustration! (see image below)

It’s quite simple: post your favorite Shakespeare quote in the comments section and you can … Read More

Starting Over

The idea of starting over is scarier than the actual ‘doing’ of it.

As a teacher, I get to start over every September (actually August, but who’s counting).  I have the luxury/responsibility to be reflective, change what needs to be … Read More