Reflecting in Words and Sketches

Tweet Over the past few years, I’ve been implementing reflection journals.  It started as a lined notebook where students took a moment at the end of each day to reflect on the day.  We created covers for these journals during a Studio Day in order to make them personal and meaningful for the year. During […]

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Digging Deep with Drama

Tweet The Wax Museum project has become quite the tradition and expectation in our fourth grade.  For over twelve years, the fourth graders at Cashman Elementary School have been researching about a famous person who has  made an impact on society, creating a poster to represent their life, dressing like the person and giving a […]

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How Studio Day Saved My School Year

Tweet It’s so easy to get sucked into the pressures of teaching: testing, curriculum writing, meetings, assessments, keeping up with lessons, tracking data, the list goes on. I started my school year with a feeling of hope.  We were to work with our new Common Core.  It was a fresh start and although it meant […]

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Make Time for Creativity

Tweet The topic of creativity is in the air.  Last night’s #ntchat was about one of my favorite topics: “Creativity in the Classroom.”  There was a lot of great discussion among teachers!  You should visit the #ntchat wiki and read through the archive of the chat. Then just this morning, my friend Melissa Edwards, over […]

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Studio Days – So Important to Our Learning!

Tweet There’s so much to learn from being creative. That’s the backbone idea behind Studio Days. When you provide an opportunity for students to experience a Studio Day, they are given a chance to create something original from start to finish in a safe, creative environment; given time to reflect on their experience and begin […]

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A Place for Everyone and Everyone in his Place

Tweet The title is not referring to organization.  I’m talking about students.  Bouncing off of my latest post on Blueberries and Students, I’d like to reminisce about a boy I had last year. Near the end of the year, I conducted a Studio Day in my classroom called “Movement and Wellness.”  I was excited about […]

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Norman Rockwell, Reading and Studio Day

Tweet A couple of weeks ago, my students took their first unit reading test online.  I do like how the online testing tells results very quickly. So, I took advantage of this and discovered a long list of reading skills my students are lacking as a whole. They are: Main idea and detail, sequence, generalization, drawing […]

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Studio Day and the Creative Process

Tweet Last Friday I started implementing Studio Days into my classroom. These are days where students are able to work on one project from start to finish uninterrupted. The days always begin with an introduction to the project and end with reflection time. In the middle is an extended amount of studio time where students […]

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mistakes

Tweet I had to “go”, so I put down my paintbrush, excused myself from the table and found the bathroom.   It was small, but cute, and of course it was all painted.  We were, after all on a Teacher Field Trip in a pottery shop, painting pottery to be fired and brought home.  The mural […]

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