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Asst. Head of School for Academic Affairs

Thank you, Trisha. This is

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Thank you, Trisha. This is super. As an extension to number three, I observed a 1st grade teacher who conducted such a counting game, letting the students choose what they would be counting by, THEN letting them pick the starting number and going with that! So...counting by 5's, starting with 29! She let the kids tell her how they would go about this...let to some great (and multiple) strategies. So cool!

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Trisha, Thank you for sharing some wonderful ideas that can be easily implemented in the classroom; and for being a voice for our efficacy, i.e., that what we can make learning more successful for students. Mary

Curiosita Teaching - new creativity resources

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Two new books just published by Pieces of Learning integrate creativity (creative thinking) into all teaching and learning. The first book shows teachers how to use creativity as the organizational framework for instruction. Chapters included address curriculum design, assessment, climate, etc. - there are also chapters with supporting research and rationale and data addressing diverse populations. The second book has 150+ activities and extensions with ready to use classroom templates for integrating creativity using lessons like the ones described in this blog!
Curiosita Teaching - Integrating Creativity Into Your 21st Century Classroom
Curiosita Teaching - Handbook of Instructional Strategies

Kindergarten inclusion teacher at R.L.Brown elementary in Jacksonville,Fl

"Bravo should make a reality

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"Bravo should make a reality show in which Trisha gets to go into classrooms of struggling teachers and help them find their way." I love this idea MnMS Mom. I would love to do this show! Anyone interested in filming this show, call me :)

Kindergarten inclusion teacher at R.L.Brown elementary in Jacksonville,Fl

Thank you for the compliment!

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Thank you for the compliment! I've always had a lot of creativity in me and I was so happy that I could share it with others. I would love to read the book. I will look for it this weekend and give it a go with my students when I get back in January! I am a fan of reading higher literature for vocabulary development. I've read Tale of Despereaux,The Miraculous journey of Edward Tulane and many others. We read them a couple of chapters at a time. I use them for rich vocabulary building, imagery and much more. My students use some large words they have learned in their own writing. You don't know how happy it makes me to see words like quest, journey, scrumptious and delicious in Kindergarten writing! They can achieve anything with high expectations and nurturing. :)

Kindergarten inclusion teacher at R.L.Brown elementary in Jacksonville,Fl

This sounds like a great

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This sounds like a great activity! I have made one school video. We interviewed everyone in the school about what their job was and we even interviewed some students. Students and myself were the reporters that asked everyone "What is your job?" It is really cute and the kids love seeing themselves on film. I think I will try something like you suggested and put their fairytale stories on film. They would love it!

Kindergarten inclusion teacher at R.L.Brown elementary in Jacksonville,Fl

Thank you for this wonderful

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Thank you for this wonderful compliment! I'm just doing what I know is right for my students and I always will. Creativity rocks! :)

Parent of high school and elementary girls

There is no better use for a

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There is no better use for a fly swatter than the sight word game! My daughter has such fond memories of kindergarden - quiet music during writing time, word games, songs, dancing to learn to count, dancing regularly to a popular workout video because dancing is fun (ie: good for body and soul.) Trisha's classroom is full of life and love. Year after year I have seen children get totally psyched about learning and showing off their new knowledge and understanding. I have never been in another classroom where children were really having so much fun learning. Florida uses standards based curriculum and testing, which in my unprofessional opinion is contrary to real learning, yet Trisha finds ways to make it resonate for her students. Tallahassee should hire her as a consultant and Bravo should make a reality show in which Trisha gets to go into classrooms of struggling teachers and help them find their way. Thanks, Trisha, for all you do for your students and ultimately our world!

AND THEN TAPE IT, audio with

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AND THEN TAPE IT, audio with just a $20 tape recorder and add movie music. Whatever story, song or creative art your students have made, play an appropriate instrumental (no words) movie sound track while they say their story. Or if you’ve taken a popular song, play the CD instrumental version (karaoke). On playback, when they listen you’ll be booting up mirror neurons and the myelin sheath. Videotaping (with permission slips) uses all of the senses (synesthesia) to creatively and emotionally learn and enjoy the curriculum.

I had a first grader write a three page story on her trip to the store with mommy and how she flew around, backed by the movie soundtrack of Harry Potter. Yes!

Chief Operating Officer, Francis Parker School, San Diego

Trisha, Thanks for this great

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Trisha,

Thanks for this great list and articulation. I am going to forward it to my Lower School faculty, and keep a copy to ponder and use in the future!

I am not a self-promoter at all, but I thought in reading your list that you might enjoy reading a book I wrote a few years ago. I have thought, taught, and wrote about creational thinking and how we can teach it to young people for longer than I care to admit. In my book I tried to show that even young students can learn these lessons, and we have used it down to 4th grade. I would LOVE to have someone try to translate the lessons and prove it up at kindergarten! It is titled "The Falconer"; you can get it or download it on Amazon; it is combination non-fiction and children's stories so hopefully not a tough read. Would love to hear feedback from you, and thanks again for sharing your post.

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