How it Feels to Be a Student – Retreat Reflections

Tweet I began the retreat hoping to rekindle my creative spirit and renew my interest and passion for integrating the arts in the curriculum. Art is an expression of one’s self and at the start of the retreat I was nervous to share my art–myself–with my fellow retreaters. I, however, ask my learners every single […]

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It’s About Saying It

Tweet We always want to highlight the inspiring things that teachers do.  Today, I’m excited to bring you the story of Elaine’s process as she prepared to give a TEDx talk entitled, “Three Lies We Tell Children.”  Be sure you watch it.  There’s a great message in her talk and a great message in the […]

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Lessons From Family Art Night

Tweet We often have a family movie night or family game night, but for the past couple of weeks, my kids have been asking for a family art night and finally, we did it.  It was great.  We each created our own thing using materials of our choice and were able to share and display […]

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It’s Always Worth it in the End

Tweet  It’s a hassle. It’s bad timing. It’s even frustrating at times. But when it’s all said and done, it’s always worth it in the end. You know what I mean?  The big projects, the big performances, the big events that you might do year after year.  When you are in the thick of it, […]

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Detach and Choose

Tweet So, what’s the most popular thing to write about this week?  Yep – New Year’s resolutions.  The posts and articles are everywhere and here I am adding to the mix. In class, I am having my students reflect on their pasts and presents in order to visualize what they want for themselves in the […]

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Live the Creative Process, and then Teach It

Tweet We learn to write ourselves before we teach students to do so.  We become great swimmers and then teach others to swim.  We master the techniques of throwing a basketball, before we show our kids. The same is true for the creative process.  Living the creative process ourselves, allows us to share it effectively […]

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RE Assigning Work

Tweet I sat correcting journals this week end and was reflecting on the quality of the work that lay in front of me.  Honestly, it wasn’t very good.  There were missing capitals and end marks, sentences that were vague and penmanship that seemed rushed.  As I sat at my kitchen table, aware of the fact […]

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Revising Homework

Tweet Over the last few, well, years, I have been really contemplating homework: Why do we give it?  What good is it doing?  What level of quality are we getting back?  Who is taking it seriously? In short, I have come to this sad realization that homework seems to be a more of a hassle […]

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Trust the Process – From Mourning to Light

Tweet I was first introduced to this phrase when I was getting my masters in Arts and Learning from Endicott College.  My inspiring professor, Stephanie Grenadier, put these words (from Shaun McNiff’s book) into motion for me.  She showed me what they meant by allowing me to follow my own creative process through my classes […]

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