Category Archives: Teacher Education

Toronto’s ArtsJunktion: A Magical Place Where Creativity Lives

“The really magical things are the ones that happen right in front of you. A lot of the time you keep looking for beauty, but it is already there. And if you look with a bit more intention, you see … Continue reading

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Creativity and Coping with Bullying

“I had a hard time with bullying in school, so being creative was my outlet.” ~ Ashley Nell Tipton I was an introverted, quiet child.  Sometimes it took me longer to try new things than it took other more self-assured … Continue reading

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Making Space for a Makerspace

“To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.” ~ Thomas Edison This blog post is about being a maker and the kind of learning environment that creates makers. Every educational environment needs a Makerspace that embraces the Universal … Continue reading

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Pride: Poems, Paintings and Patchworks for Black History Month

“I can be anything…because I CAN and I want to.” ~ Mari Evans, from the poem “I Can” For the past few weeks in my classroom, we have read many books and explored different art forms including poetry, painting and … Continue reading

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Mindfulness, Meditation and Movement: Picture Books for Children

“Meditation is to be aware of what is going on: in your body, in your feelings, in your mind and in the world.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh This is a small collection of picture books that invite children to think … Continue reading

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A Chrysalis Carol

“I embrace emerging experience. I participate in discovery. I am a butterfly. I am not a butterfly collector. I want the experience of the butterfly.”  ~ William Stafford On Christmas Eve, while placing a butterfly ornament on my tree, I … Continue reading

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WANTED Posters: The Art of Self-Esteem

“Kindness makes you the most beautiful person in the world no matter what you look like.” ~ Unknown For several weeks there has been a focus in my classroom on well-being, kindness, and what we like about ourselves.  We have looked at … Continue reading

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Big, Bigger, Biggest Pumpkin: A Creative Measurement Inquiry

“The heart of science is measurement.” ~ Erik Brynjolfsson Years ago I worked with a group of young children who loved the book Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman.  They listened to the cassette tape so many times that I had eventually … Continue reading

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Creative Learning with Loose Parts

“Loose parts enhance children’s ability to think imaginatively and see solutions, and they bring a sense of adventure and excitement to children’s play.” ~ Daly and Beloglovsky, Loose Parts, 2015 Recently I attended a workshop on loose parts.  I’ve watched … Continue reading

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Risky Play: My Playground Adventure in Denmark

“All those hours exploring the great outdoors made me more resilient, and confident.” ~ David Suzuki 2018 has provided numerous opportunities for me to learn about Adventure Playgrounds and risky play.  I attended an OPAL symposium with a keynote presentation by Michael … Continue reading

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