Innocent Wonder

When you look into the eyes of your students what kind of sparks do you see? Our belief is that we always want to be curious. Curiosity gives us life. Curiosity leads our conversations. Curiosity bridges any age gap. Here’s a conversation I had with my 5 year old daughter: “I want you to know…

A Bridge to Creativity

Ask yourself this question and think about your response……. “What are the interests of your students?” If I were to ask myself this question I could possibly name a few interests of a couple students, but not everyone. That’s unfortunate since I am missing so many chances to engage students through their own interests. The…

Confusion leading to Creativity

I came across this wonderful quote this morning : You can’t be creative unless you are willing to be confused ~Rick Wormeli Think about all this quote has within it….. To be confused leads to creative thought. To be confused leads to great questions. To be confused leads to being curious. To be confused can…

Color: Find Some Each Day

How do we see our students when they walk in the door, full of color or drab and grayscale? I enjoy photography and capturing different colors wherever I might be. Those colors are life giving to me, they give me energy to keep moving. The one thing I never thought about with color had to…

Add a dash of imagination

Add a dash of imagination to ………. (fill in the blank)? When we begin to investigate what it is we do everyday, what stands out? For me, the times where I can be creative stand out. Add a dash of imagination and I bet you can create an interesting story. The opportunities I create along…

Imaginative Thinking….

I’m so inspired when I can work with students and I become a member of the conversation, compared to a leader. A main goal of mine is to help students to speak to each other and have diverse conversations that are driven by their questions. Today was one of those days where I took some…

Imagine what it could be…..

In my last post, The Beginning, I talked about sharing your imagination with students. One excellent way to show students your imagination is with drawing starts/challenges. Students need to be imaginative, and so do teachers. ————————– Working with 3rd grade students a few years ago, we started each day with a drawing start. This activity…

The beginning……

Imagination…. Something that helps us to tell a story A way to get creative and explore something new. Growing up can take this opportunity away, but that’s where the beginning happens. Think about all the opportunities that are right at our fingertips, the chance to create something new, to imagine the impossible, to invent something…

Transforming through the 3 W’s

“I Have the Answers to the Questions They Never Ask”sparked a thought in my brain about how many of our students go through the day with new thoughts or questions, and an untapped potential of expertise hiding below the surface. This quote “I Have the Answers to the Questions They Never Ask” came from the book…

Ideas Floating Around

I sit in the twilight of morning wondering what kind of ideas might be heard today. As dark as our world is at times, I know there are ideas floating around in the minds of our students, just waiting to see the sunshine. How will those ideas come to see the light of day when…

Inspired by…..

Each day we set our sights on creating a community where inspiration can happen. Each morning, when students walk through our doors, we greet them with a fist bump and a smile, hoping that we can inspire them today. What if we flipped that and began to ask students who they will inspire today? Or…

Planning..With…Students

This year has been one of the most difficult years I’ve had as a teacher. Moving towards a more collaborative based structure with my students as planners has been a real struggle. Behavior and the ability to self reflect does not change in one year, yet I’m more than happy to take on that challenge….