Category Archives: Teacher Education

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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I Am Canada: Beautiful Picture Books about Snow

“Canada is about possibilities.  Dreams can come true here.”  ~ Ruth Ohi Recently I saw a wonderful exhibit at the TD Gallery of the Toronto Reference Library called “I Am Canada: Celebrating Canadian Picture Book Art.” There were many illustrations … Continue reading

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Talking to Children about Art

“A picture lives a life like a living creature, undergoing changes imposed on us by our life from day to day.  This is natural enough, as the picture lives only through the [person] who is looking at it.” ~ Pablo … Continue reading

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Social and Motivational Influences on Creating Art

“Follow your inner moonlight.  Don’t hide the madness.” ~ Allen Ginsberg Well, summer has come to an end and as the new school year approaches I find myself thinking about creativity and inspiration once again.  I have looked to various … Continue reading

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Abstract Inspiration from the Quilts of Gee’s Bend

  “Our lives are like quilts – bits and pieces, joy and sorrow, stitched with love.” ~ Author Unknown For a few months now I have been exploring abstract painting. I discovered that I am particularly interested in combining watercolour … Continue reading

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Picture Books Celebrating Canada’s Indigenous Art

 “We have to grasp the wisdom of the old and introduce it into our present way of seeing.” ~ David Ruben Piqtoukun, 2003 2017 has given me many opportunities to explore history from the perspective of Indigenous peoples, through various … Continue reading

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