Category Archives: Genius Hour

Art & Integrity

My students and I explored the work of Andy Goldsworthy today by soaking in the footage from “Rivers and Tides”.  His interactions with natural materials captured our attention, and his commentary invited us to deepen our understanding of the creative process. … Continue reading

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I Don’t Know the Answers…

A few of my colleagues and I have been meeting online to discuss choice-based teaching methods (head on over to “Art Chats” to take a look).  It helps to talk about new ideas with others because they may see things a … Continue reading

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Craft vs. Art in the Classroom

I used to snub my nose at craft.  For some reason, as I studied fine art, I was convinced that craft had a place beneath art, maybe reserved for those with less creativity.  Oh boy. A few summers ago, my … Continue reading

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How Do You Support Risk-Taking in Your Class?

Many educators agree that risk-taking is a quality that they want to encourage in their classrooms, but it may be difficult to support it in the classroom.  We may tell students that they can learn from making mistakes, but who … Continue reading

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Art + Tech + History

I wonder when the best learning takes place.  Does it happen in a classroom, or do we, as teachers, simply encourage learning in life by providing the tools needed to explore and pursue interests? Yesterday morning, as I was preparing … Continue reading

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smART

Could English/Literacy teachers infuse a unit with numeracy by writing song lyrics for music with different tempos (oops, tempi)? If you know of any teachers who have tried this idea, share their videos/blog posts in the comment section below!

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Building a Framework

We Are Makers from Learning Studio on Vimeo. Have you ever been so overwhelmed by something you’ve learned, that it feels like you know nothing at all?  Or so inspired by someone’s ideas that you end up with more questions … Continue reading

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