Category Archives: Teacher Education

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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The Magical Power of Poetry in Kindergarten

“I have always liked the magic of poetry but now I’m just starting to see behind the curtain of even the best poets, how they’ve used, tried and tested craft to create the illusion. Wonderful feeling of exhilaration to finally … Continue reading

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