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How to Use Art to Teach Inferencing

Art is powerful- it can be interpreted, discussed and debated.  This brings us opportunities to use it to not only teach children how to make inferences, but to think critically and reflect on their own thought process.  The key is … Read More

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

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

Technology is a Crutch for Critical Thinking

Just because someone is using some form of technology in the classroom (internet, MS Word, Prezzi, iMovie, Edmodo, Google docs, and the list goes on), it does not inherently mean that critical thinking is taking place.  These are simply tools … Read More

For Children, 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