New Visitor’s…Please read the two paragraphs at the end of this column before beginning your explorations in theater, poetry, children’s literature, movies, television, books, and the Arts that this column presents. The section will say New Visitor’s Greeting and be in boldface.
Please, also, check out my educational website at aimtjp.wikispaces.com. No www. is needed. If you have any teachers or children in the family, they will enjoy it immensely. There are tons of immediately ready to use ideas in reading, children’s literature, Internet explorations, problem solving, and poetry on the opening screen and in the Public Dropbox. Teachers from throughout the area have contributed creative lessons, creative games, and book talks to the site.
Music…Justin Timberlake…Justin Timber is a nice person. Everyone seems to like him. From his early years as a Mouseketeer, to his years with ‘N Sync, to his movie Friends With Benefits, to his week-long stint on Jimmy Fallon, to his Saturday Night Live gigs. He is a member of their Five Time Host Club. Timberlake seems to be good at everything. He does all this without making any enemies along the way. That is hard to do in movies, television, and music.
His new album, The 20/20 Experience, was released yesterday. It is going to sell 500,000 copies this week, alone. Justin Timberlake is a nice person. His new single from the album, Suit and Tie, has been one of the top downloads on Billboard’s charts. Justin Timberlake is a nice person.
NBC is showing last week’s Saturday Night Live show with Justin as the host on their sub-stations. Catch it if you missed the ‘original’, if that is the right word for missing a show. The show features thirty years of Saturday Night Live as it brought back all the hosts that have introduced and were featured on the show five times. The past host’s interplay with each other was well written. You will see Steve Martin, Martin Short, Chevy Chase, and more as the past memory section of your brain lights up. Sure, some of the skits are lame, but that makes the show what it is.
Jessica Biel is a nice person married to a nice person. Wishing them the best!
The Brain…Every issue of this column presents in puzzle, game, poetry, or creative writing form some little challenge that will keep you mentally sharp. The top index bar of this column has over one hundred of these creative encounters. If you teach or are home schooling members of your family, these ideas are perfect for young and old alike. Past columns have recommended that you keep a writing or activity journal. Hopefully, you will rekindle an old love of poetry and writing or discover a new interest and skill. Cancel bowling this week and write the beginning of that book you said you were always going to do!
Brain Stimulants…”You Ares” For Creative Writing…The exact same directions that are given to school aged and graduate teachers will start this writing activity. Use them if you are re-presenting this challenge.
l Get a large piece of art paper and divide it into four parts. Thirty “you are” themes follow. Pick four of them to illustrate, one in each section of the art paper. You may choose to do a larger mural with a “you are” label on each drawing. Think of a situation that would occur if each “you are” theme was put into practice or actually happened to you. Develop each template into a mini story with accompanying illustrations.
l Remember the importance of pre-thinking before writing your story and drawing your creative illustrations. For each “You Are” that you will develop, think of three directions your writing might take. Then, pick the theme of one of the the three you feel most comfortable in developing.
l Ask a family member to give you an idea for your theme and see if their suggestion makes for better writing and illustrating than the one you selected.
Here are ten “You Are” themes that might peek your interest. Can you write ten that we could share with readers and writers? Be crazy!:
1. You are a hair designer (good/bad). Try bad for laughs!
2. You are the creator of a new invention called ‘brain food’.
3. You are a chair recalling all the bright people that have sat on you.
4. You are a mad scientist who is creating salt that will stick to all French fries…Or another much needed food item inventor
5. You are the referee in the championship bout of the World Wrestling Federation.
6. You are a boomerang that refuses to return to your owner.
7. You are a baseball bat belonging to the best player then the worst player on the team.
8. You are the last piece of chocolate cake in the dessert display.
9. You are a new character in the book you are reading or in your all time favorite book.
10. You a participated in a quantum leap to the planet Mars. Show the Earth in contrast to Mars.
11. You are a basketball player’s sneaker.
12. You are a famous rap or rock singer.
13. You are a famous painting that with a press of a button has people who move in ever changing scenes.
14. You are a chocolate loving vampire.
15. You are a pet being used for medical testing.
Be crazy, silly, poignant!!!
Science Lessons…Here are some great ideas from science guru Warren Phillips.
It was great reading your profile! I have a few things you may be interested in. You can get lots of FREE valuable classroom resources based on my National Teachers Hall of Fame career in science teaching at my web site: www.wphillips.com
There are science lessons, a science fair guide, and lots of useful links.
I also have three Science CD’s called sing along science that have been very useful in my classroom. Using some of those songs, I’ve written a glee-like science musical called The Science Secret. I’ve written a chapter in “Today I Made a Difference”, a feel-good book about teaching. I’ve co-written a brain-based book called “Science Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites” with teaching strategies expert Marcia Tate and I travel the country doing workshops. You can see my bio at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warren_G._Phillips
ps. If you’re attending the NSTA National Convention in San Antonio, I’d love to chat. I’ll be speaking at a luncheon on Friday April 12 at the Marriott Riverwalk.
Cross Curriculum Ideas…Lizzie Chase…I asked Lizzie to give me a defining paragraph of her ideas. She gave me a cornucopia of delights.
Here is what she said to me:
I have written free DOWNLOADABLE online educational resources, on websites visible at http://pinterest.com/lizziemchase . It is best to sign up free to Skydrive.com first before visiting my websites. On each website, when you click through to Skydrive, look up to FOLDER ACTIONS – DOWNLOAD folder. From each website you can collect many MORE resources in Skydrive than are featured on the site!
Could you please pass these on to your networks or any people who would be interested?
I have written some more since the 8 described more fully below: http://crunchcracklecreate.we ebly.com [ENRICHMENT TASKS] http://bandofheroes.weebly.com [WRITING QUEST]; http://celebratingus.webnode.com [TEACHING UNIT], http://lizziechase.wix.com/visual-literacy [VISUAL LITERACY], http://inferringwithimages.weebly.com/ [INFERRING],
http://lizziechase.wix.com/projectbasedlearning [PROJECT BASED LEARNING],
http://laurenceandkaramandhuzaifa.weebly.com [STUDENT FANTASY QUEST IMAGES],
http://peppercornsandnuggets.weebly.com [STUDENT SELECTED STORY STARTER IMAGES],
http://remembrancememorialandtheday.weebly.com [STUDENT ART SHOW]
1. TEACHERS/COMMUNITY WRITERS/IMAGE CARDS: http://imagesandwritingideas.webnode.com
Hats, boxes, magic and the moon – This online writing resource provides image cards to stimulate creative writing.
2. TEACHERS/COMMUNITY WRITERS/IMAGE CARDS: www.raftriverandrainbow.com – This is a set of images which are writing prompts for community writing workshops and for student writing sessions. These prompts are useful for fiction writing, autobiographical writing and writing and discussion to promote resilience in the face of difficulties. They take a strengths based approach to personal growth and change.
3. TEACHERS/IWBs/CARTOON WRITING RESOURCE: http://pigandbearcartoons.webnode.com – The delightful cartoons of Nik Scott provide teachers of younger students with the option of creating/writing stories together and re-reading these in the reading session. Can be used with an interactive white board, or away from computers.
4. TEACHERS/READING COMPREHENSION: http://supersix.webnode.com
This is an introduction to web-based resources supporting reading comprehension.
5. TEACHERS/DESIGNING A PROGRAM OF WORK: http://programmingsuccess.webnode.com – This resource is an introduction to writing an effective series of lessons, leading towards a culminating assignment.
6. TEACHERS/AUTHORS/FAN FICTION WRITING: http://www.band-of-heroes.net – This is a framework I have come up with, which features heroes of equal stature [rather than a hero + helpers]. Some new fiction is written featuring a band of heroes and much fan fiction writing is a collaborative response to the band of heroes idea [although fan fiction is also quite clearly in response to the hero’s journey paradigm, as well]. Students have written fan fiction on a “band of heroes” blog at http://bandofheroesfanfiction.edublogs.org in response to Friday Night Lights [Series 1] and Tomorrow when the war began by John Marsden. There are teacher resources on the website, including a set of fantasy fiction blogging tasks. Could you please let me know the names of any of your favourite stories featuring a band of heroes of equal stature?
7. TEACHERS/WEB 2 TOOLS IN ENGLISH LESSONS: I have written a series of free downloadable PDF English lessons at http://otherworlds.yolasite.com for upper primary and lower secondary students, integrating Web 2.0 tools into student responses to 12 books, so that they can create multimedia texts. There is a focus on research skills, digital storytelling and visual arts tools. I am just sending this to you, in case you know teacher friends or teacher librarians who may find them useful.
8. PARENTS/MENTORS/COMMUNITY WRITING: http://parentsreflect.webnode.com – This is a free ebook in which parents/mentors/aunties/uncles of adults in their 20s and 30s reflect about their parenting experiences, both the happy memories and the lessons gained with hindsight. I am seeking further contributions to this book, could you please pass this web address on to parent type peoples, so they can read what’s already there and possibly contribute?
Teachers Making A Difference…Tracy Hanson…Tracy Hanson is creating an educational agency and cooperative very much like Global Teachers United. She is looking for teachers that want to team with her and explore new directions in curriculum and instruction. Check out here website and then see if you have ideas to add to this very important discussion. Sign-up is free until the end of the month. Here is what Tracy said to me in an email.
We are a global group of educators, organizations, parents, and students with a vision of educational change. Collaboratively we are building a global curriculum continuum – the tool which will support all learners as they develop individual learning pathways. Membership fee of $25.00 is waved if you register before March 31.
For membership, please go here to fill out our membership form.
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