Providing for Creativity in Students

Tweet Every year at this time, our fourth grade team starts to prepare our students for their “Fourth Grade Celebration.”  It is not a graduation, but rather a time when the students and teachers create a performance that celebrates their time at the Cashman Elementary School as they prepare for middle school. Our theme this […]

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What's So Scary about Creative?

Tweet Creative, artistic, imaginative, inventive – these are words that are held at a high regard, yet so many people think they are not worthy of these titles. I disagree!  What I do think happens is that we don’t allow ourselves to be those things.  It’s a combination of having little time and a bit […]

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Pledge to Create

Tweet Maybe you have heard about the 30 Days of Creativity Challenge. If not, you should – From the 30 Days of Creativity website: 30 Days of Creativity is a social initiative encouraging people to create stuff (anything) every day for 30 days in June. Your brain is like a muscle. When you exercise it, […]

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TRICing Kids

Tweet We are here to TRIC kids.  At least I know I am.  I’m a teacher and I do it all the time.  Yes, I TRIC them and I’m proud of it! A few years ago I was talking with one of the (many) administrators I have worked with in my 12 years and he […]

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The Best of Both Worlds: Part Two

Tweet Glasser-Sterling has a much wider scope then I have described it, so when I say I used as much as I could…it amounted to not much, considering the scope of it as a whole.  So, I changed my classroom rules.  Instead of follow directions, stay on task, and show respect, they became: be prompt, […]

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The Best of Both Worlds: Part One

Tweet Sorry, nothing about Miley Cyrus in this blog post. I am not reviewing the Star Trek episode of the same name, but the uncoincidental use of that as my post title, may not be lost on Star Trek fans that choose to read my words. In reflecting back on this school year, I find […]

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In Response to Mae Jemison talk on Ted.com

Tweet Mae Jemison spoke on Ted.com about connecting and teaching the arts and sciences together. Thank you for this message. It is necessary that this is widespread and understood. Arts are connected to all disciplines and need to be integrated, infused into all aspects of our education system. Our system is flawed and based in […]

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