This little book by Shaun Tan is how I picture Dali would illustrate for his kids. Every picture has so much to look at! The story is ostensibly about a boy who finds an out of place, well, thing, on the beach. It had a weird look about it. "You know, a sad, lost sort of … Continue reading The Lost Thing
I was first introduced to the works of David Macaulay by a friend with a big book about castles, cathedrals, and mosques. I was enthralled by the methods that our ancestors used to erect the architectural wonders of the world. Instead of removing the awe of wonder, it increased it by showing me the ingenuity … Continue reading The (New) Way Things Work
Another great wordless book, this time by the enigmatic Dennis Nolan. Hey, I love books with words too, but these wordless books are great for starting interesting conversations with those less than enthusiastic about reading. Amazingly illustrated ones like this may make them think, "There be magic betwixt them thar pages!" And they would be … Continue reading Sea of Dreams
This little gem by the imaginative Barbara Lehman was a Caldecott Honor Book in 2005. It has no words, so children at all reading levels can enjoy it. It has many possibilities for predictive and descriptive activities as the ‘reader’ follows an intriguing story of a book about a book. Let me know how you … Continue reading The Red Book
Gaming in the classroom, gamification of education, learning apps; the landscape of educational games has certainly expanded in recent years. Wading into the waters of games in the classroom can be a daunting task for a teacher already drowning in a flooded curriculum. I recently read Mindshift: Guide to Digital Games and Learning which is a great … Continue reading Gaming the Curriculum
I was reading an article for a masters course on technology in the arts and humanities classroom. The author, Kiran Subhani, describes in detail an activity that she uses where students interpret what is going on in a photo. For example, regard the picture below from 2013 Pulitzer Prize winner, Javier Manzano: First she would have … Continue reading What is Going On?
Has anyone tried Google Cardboard yet? I love how it is making VR experiences available for everyone, especially cash strapped educators. Virtual reality is really in its infancy, but the availability of VR tools, like the cheap paper goggles offered by Google and the apps that utilize its simple concept, make it easy for a generation … Continue reading Panorama-rama
Infographics can be incredibly informative and illuminating in a way that words cannot. I like to introduce my students to various ways of representing, particularly in the context of math and science graphing. The way that we present to information will change the affect that it has upon the reader. Below is a brief post … Continue reading So Graphic!
It has been a busy month for me and I regret that I haven't posted more. I hope to have more time over the Christmas season to tweak the site a bit and add a little content. In the meantime, let me post about what I have been up to. An assignment for a theory … Continue reading Neuroscience and Education
Formative assessment can be a quick and easy way to increase the effectiveness of a teacher.