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…

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…

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…

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…

Blank Canvas: Choosing the Best Brush

How often do we have the opportunity to express ourselves? What kind of brush would you use if you didn’t have breakfast in the morning? What type of color would you use if you slept the night on the floor? What type of image would you draw if your teacher always started the day with…

Small Cubes, Huge Opportunities 

Throughout the last year I have been experimenting with the game based creation tool called Bloxels and I have been blown away by the possibilities. What amazes me the most are the attitudes of the students as they receive feedback from their peers and revise their game creations. These little blocks pack an amazingly powerful…

Do I have to work with them?

Think about that question in the title. What is that student really saying when they exclaim, “I don’t want to work with them!” Is it because students don’t want to share their ideas? Could it be that students don’t feel safe? Could it be the learning environment is not set up for collaboration? I really…

Caring and Sharing

Why should our students care about their own learning? How can we facilitate learning that is embraced by all students? When will our students begin to look at their learning as their own and not teacher directed? Who directs learning each day? What kind of classroom environment do students need that creates a culture of acceptance…