A little good news — about creativity

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/this-simple-word-test-reveals-how-creative-you-are/ I'm not sure why, but this mental exercise sounds familiar. As a person who has often been accused of being too literate because of my love of semantics, this is a game I've often played with myself... well, various versions of it. Care to see if you are really creative? Take the test: https://www.datcreativity.com/about

A Legacy Wall Project for Grade 6 Graduates

Last Winter, I was asked to come up with a mural idea for an Elementary school I was doing an internship with. I got very complicated with a university supervisor suggesting I get all the teachers involved, have all the students fill out reflection forms, coordinate a team of other interns, etc... then Covid hit … Continue reading A Legacy Wall Project for Grade 6 Graduates

A little good news — about garbage?

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/mr-trash-wheel-family-grows-while-gobbling-tons-of-trash-every-day/ I think this is an amazing idea to implement in all cities that are on the water. I can see it being used as a teaching tool and very memorable mascot for lessons on littering and recycling. I hope to see much more of these.

A little good news — Reconciliation with a contemporary twist

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/native-american-tribe-in-maine-gets-back-sacred-island/ There are some unceded lands all over the world. If some of these lands are up for sale by private landowners, isn't it our responsibility to try and buy them back for the indigenous peoples of our countries? Surely if 130 acres can go for $500k in Maine USA, then we can start raising … Continue reading A little good news — Reconciliation with a contemporary twist

A little good news — now that gives me an idea for the kids I teach

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/st-louis-first-grader-creates-foundation-for-homeless/ I had a conversation with one of my more seasoned colleagues the other day about what age little ones get inspired at... she gave me a load of examples about her garde one kids... I'd been thinking about it ever since! Then this amazing story comes along!!! I've decided to add some little inspiration … Continue reading A little good news — now that gives me an idea for the kids I teach

A little good news — this one goes out to my teacher colleagues

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/city-gets-turtle-crossing-signs-after-boy-writes-letter-to-mayor/ Here's a spark of an idea for us to inspire change and show our students how they can contribute to their world. So, let's get them writing!

Why a Certification as a Home Educator?

Part of how I've been describing myself as a teacher is being an educator with a teaching philosophy based on STEM / STEAM curricula, Universal Design for Learning, Emergent Curricula, and Maker-oriented education systems. If I had to say what theories/methods I use the most, I would be taking about aspects of Reggio-Emilia, Montessori, Waldorf, … Continue reading Why a Certification as a Home Educator?

(Home) – Studio Painting – 5th Still-life Project – ReConsidering My Composition

Every new painting finds me daydreaming about the next. I am very much enjoying this process and I think my subconscious mind is finding ways to continue painting... You see, I get a little sad when I finish a painting and don't like to start thinking of something else to do. I'm riding this train … Continue reading (Home) – Studio Painting – 5th Still-life Project – ReConsidering My Composition

(Home) – Studio Painting – 5th Still-life Project – Bolder Brushstrokes

First, I'm thinking I still need to play with these shadows. They need to be longer. This shiny contrast between the items in the still life and the shadow is entirely what I see and is due to the pro-photo lighting I have about two feel from the model. It casts solid and crisp shadows... … Continue reading (Home) – Studio Painting – 5th Still-life Project – Bolder Brushstrokes

(Home) – Studio Painting – 5th Still-life Project – Subtle Additions

I think my usual approach is to put in strong outlines first, then smooth them out with various brushstrokes. This time I wanted a more watercolour feel and tried watering down the Mars Black to give the subtle shadows I saw... or think I saw. I get impatient when I have to stare at the … Continue reading (Home) – Studio Painting – 5th Still-life Project – Subtle Additions