Ten Tips: Keeping Art Brushes, Sponges, and Stamps Usable

One of the things I learned from our first Creative by Discovery Mixed-Media Art Party was that sharing tips I've learned about the process in the past three years is a "how-to" I can gladly contribute. Here are a few things learned along the way.... Ten tips for keeping brushes, sponges, and stamps usable... (because it gets … Continue reading Ten Tips: Keeping Art Brushes, Sponges, and Stamps Usable

The Counting Game….

  chicken Crystal Light cat food coffee creamer Creating my list for a quick stop at the grocery store is a mental game for me: Make a mental list. Repeat it a few times out loud. Count the items. Keep the numbered items in my head. Enter the store. Go to it! I'm sure people wonder why … Continue reading The Counting Game….

Six To Consider: Writing Books Worth a Look

I've always got a stack of things to read, don't you? My stack's typically related to my latest interest or project. I'm a nonfiction reader, my current stack a mish-mash of art techniques and inspiration, small business ownership, and the craft of writing. When writing evaded me over the past year, I figured I'd read about writing … Continue reading Six To Consider: Writing Books Worth a Look

Becoming Unnecessary

A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary. ~ Thomas Carruthers Become unnecessary?  Why would I do that? Because as teachers and as parents, it's our responsibility to our students/children. My two cents?? Teach kids the definition of integrity: what you do when no one is looking," ... and get out of the way. Ever wonder why some teachers … Continue reading Becoming Unnecessary

Why I Teach: Ten (Important) Reasons

Students Students Students Students Students Students Students Students Students Students   Oftentimes, when I tell people I'm a high school teacher, I get this response (or a slight variation), "Oh, wow!  I could never do that! Teenagers these days...." Truth is, the teenagers have been the only reason I keep coming back to the K-12 classroom.  Let's be clear … Continue reading Why I Teach: Ten (Important) Reasons

Friday Five: Influencing, Spelling, Coding, Zipping, Creating

What did you learn this week? I love to learn new things, and think a day's wasted if something new doesn’t make its way into my already-bustling brain.  A few random things learned this week:   German, Irish, Spanish, Indian, and Chinese influences are significant in Jamaica. *Thank you, Ms. Sheldon W., for sharing interesting insights about … Continue reading Friday Five: Influencing, Spelling, Coding, Zipping, Creating

5 Ways to Build Authentic Reading and Writing Into Any Class

Why do you read?    Chances are pretty good your answer goes something like this: I don’t read much. I don’t like to read. I like to read, but don’t have time. Or, if you’re a reader, your answer might be more like this: To escape. To learn new stuff. To keep up with the world. … Continue reading 5 Ways to Build Authentic Reading and Writing Into Any Class