Tree Silhouette Art

Supplies: paperwatercolor paintblack tempera or acrylic paintthin paint brushes (better quality brushes if available)sponge pieces (optional) Practice: One problem with art projects is that kids can get easily discouraged if their product doesn’t turn out the way they thought it would.  A few years ago I discovered that having kids practice a few elements of…

Teacher Tip Thursday

I’m linking up today with The Teaching Tribune where teachers are offering up their best bit of teaching advice.  Here’s mine: I first heard this at a training a few years ago and it really made me stop and think.  Of course we have to offer corrections, redirection, and constructive criticism to our students.  But…

The Important Book for Teaching Attributes

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown was one of my favorite books from childhood.  Looking back at it now, the bright orange, green, and blue illustrations (and those crazy striped curtains) seem a bit strange compared to what book printers are currently putting out.  But there was something about the lulling lilt of the words…

Using Hip Hop in Class

Problem: I want to introduce my students to a wider range of poetry than just the typical Shel Silverstein funny stuff. Solution: Branch out into songs as poetry, even hip hop as poetry!  One of my students’ favorite poems to study all year is “Rapper’s Delight” by Sugar Hill Gang.  The classroom scene goes something…