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Gifts for the Gifted - Magna-tiles

Around this time of year I post a gift recommendation each Friday as part of a “Gifts for the Gifted” series.  The title is a bit misleading, as it might imply that the gifts are only for children who have been endowed with the label, and that is certainly not true. 271 more words


Creative-Thinking Technique: Circle of Opportunity

Over the next month or so, I have decided to focus my personal development time on increasing my creative-thinking skills. Creative-thinking is more like a muscle than an innate ability so I will enlist a book by  Michael Michalko entitled… 263 more words


I am an Island

She learned to let go in this foreign land

Non-attachment had always been illusive

But now she practiced it with perfection

Until only the memory remained… 22 more words

Math Writing Workshops

The writing workshop approach could work in a math class even though at first it seems like it may not work. One example that stood out to me was having students work through a content related problem either as a team or individually accompanied by a writing exercise. 215 more words

Girding your Loins and Preparing for Battle, the Battle of Writing – It’s You Against You

Writing is sometimes very much like going into battle. And all elements of preparing for battle are equally important when preparing to write. You need to plan. 746 more words

Thought Of The Day

Random Building Challenges

We have all sorts of building materials in B.O.S.S. HQ (Building of Super Stuff HeadQuarters) – from Legos to Magnatiles.  During the first quarter of our after-school Maker Club adventures this year, the students rotated through different building materials each week.   234 more words



Has a lovely evening in Blackpool last night at the first teach-meet linking primary teachers to artists and vice versa. It’s hoped that by working together we can encourage more creativity in schools and fill any curriculum conundrums. 42 more words

Art In Schools