Archive for May, 2018

A #creativities Walk

Posted: May 28, 2018 in creativities

A few days ago I was on one of my walks with the pooch on the leash and two things happened. While walking I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts – Teaching in Higher Ed with Bonni Stachowiak. (side note, listen to this podcast even in you don’t teach in higher ed, it is jampacked with excellence) I was listening to Episode 206 – Inquiry-Based Learning and I was walking and listening and yanking on the dog and thinking about this upcoming #creativities project. And the podcast started down the road of how creativity came into switching things up quickly in the classroom to engage students or make things suddenly work.

That got me reflecting on my own work. I get the question “How did you think of that?” or I receive the amazing compliment on some of the suggestions that pop into my head. And when I was in the classroom, I would switch gears midstream and it always seemed just natural. And it baffled me why other teachers were impressed by that…it is just what happened. How did that flexible thinking come so natural for me and how do I continue to nurture it.

Ok.. so the 2nd thing that happened on this walk is that I checked my Twitter and I saw this tweet by@ThisIsSethsBlog (one of my personal go-tos) 

The post discusses what businesses do after a hiccup – after something goes wrong. Then things started to come together…how do we get better in teaching and learning after a hiccup – after we fumble?

My conclusion, my thought…we need to get better at being creative or gaining creative confidence or flexible thinker. And how do we get better at that…well…we can exercise our creative muscle.

That is my professional learning for the summer and I am going to share it out along on the Tweets.

And why stop there… collect these activities and use them with your learners!



About this time every year, I write a letter to the teachers whom I have worked with over the past year. Here is the 2017-2018 version…

Dear Friends,

It is this time of the year that I reflect on the time I have been lucky enough to spend with each of you at Old Quarry. And this year when I think back… it has been busy!

Reading Unit Work…lots of it.
Advisory changed… a lot.
Science Summatives were in depth…by lots.
Social Studies revisited, restructured, redesigned…lots.
Math. Carnegie. Other Programs … Lots of %&@#&
Encore taught…lots and lots…of students.
Writing…well, we wrote…a whole lotta.
Computers… we got looooots of them.

I almost feel like we were all living that phrase “If you need something done give it to a busy person.” Cause golly gee, it has been busy and you all have got it done!

But amongst that busyness and all the “lots”, I have never…

Laughed as much.
Appreciated as often.
Learned as deeply.
Respected with such regard.
Felt such camaraderie.
Observed as much support.
Noted so much patience.

Every day on my drive home, I reflect on the day. And without fail, I think about one of the interactions, lessons, activities, or conversations involving one of you. And, without a doubt, I will never be able to describe how often I am impressed by one or another of you. Everyday.


P.S. There are popsicles in the freezers to help us get through the next couple days.


Posted: May 22, 2018 in Uncategorized

I am a task learner. Give me something to try. Give me a something. Something small, something joyful, something that I have never seen before. Gimmie. Gimmie. Gimmie.

For the past year, I have taken that ‘gimmie’ into my own hands and have been practicing some “Creativities” = activities to exercise creativities. And I am going to share some of my favorites from my collection.

And I hope you follow along with the hashtag #creativities and have fun and surprise ourselves.