Monday, September 30, 2019

I Want to be Creative

In Creative people from Seth Godin's Blog, Seth Godin says,

 “Simply begin.”

The hardest thing to do is to take that first step. Once you take that step, you become vulnerable. Once you start you can either quit or move forward. If you quit, you will lose before you even see what you can accomplish. If you move forward to the end, you face either success or failure.

Everyone likes control. It would be so nice if we could see in the future and tell if what we are doing will be successful or not. If we could, we wouldn’t have to waste time doing something we know won’t accomplish anything.

When I see people create something that I can’t do such as painting, sculpting, or sewing, I think that I wish I could be that creative.

This weekend I saw an artist do amazing mosaic art with tiles. His wife said it took him about a month but I couldn’t imagine doing something like this.

When people see me knitting in public, I hear them say that they wish they could be so creative like me. I’m not creative. I just do it and practice it. Some things come out better than others. With the things that don’t turn out as well, I think about ways I should have done it differently.
Maybe that is part of creativity.

Creating something amazing doesn’t happen overnight.

Crafting takes patience.

Crafting takes practice.

Crafting takes effort.

Crafting involves risk-taking.

So, if I want to be creative, I need to take the first step and begin.

How do you encourage creativity in yourself or others? Please share.

Original photo by Pat Hensley

Friday, September 27, 2019

Useful Information In and Out of the Classroom 9/27/19

Here are some interesting sites that I’ve found this week, thanks to my PLN. As a teacher, I feel we have to keep up to date concerning research in our field and current issues in the education system. I hope some of these inspire you, inform you, and even have you asking questions. Thank you for coming by and visiting!

Note: Each resource is labeled with a level and subject area to make it easier to use.

Levels:  E: Elementary; M: Middle; H: High; G: General, all levels; SN: Special Needs; T: Teachers

Subject Areas: LA: Language Arts, English, Reading, Writing; M: Math; S: Science; Health; SS: Social Studies, Current Events; FA: Fine Arts; Music, Art, Drama; FL: Foreign Language; PE: Physical Ed; C: Career; A: All

Building the Future: 10 Construction Activities + Printables for Kids – “Here are 10 activities that teach kids about construction, broken down by grade level. Each activity includes a free printable that builds on important STEM skills like construction play, engineering, and math.” (L:E;SA:S,M, LA)

It’s Time for Frost – “If you've ever gone outside really early on a cold day in fall, you might have seen a thin layer of sparkly ice crystals covering everything! That ice is called frost, and it can only form if the weather is exactly right!” (L:E;SA:S)
Emojis. Cause they’re good for kids and fun to use. What’s not to like? – “using emojis as a way to help kids make sense of social studies and incorporating them as part of a quality lesson that can help improve student thinking and literacy skills.” (L:H;SA:A )

How Do Trees Survive Winter? – “Humans can go inside or put on clothes, but trees spend winter naked in the cold. Why don't they all die?” (L:E;SA:S)

Dig CC Mixter – “Find that perfect soundtrack or theme music for your film or video project.” (L:G;SA:A)

Original photo by Pat Hensley

Thursday, September 26, 2019

The Big 60

Tomorrow is my birthday. I will turn the big 60! I feel like time is flying by and I have so much I want to do! I’ve finished the fabulous Fifties and enjoyed the decade. Now I plan to enjoy the sensational sixties! I have some simple goals for this decade and I wanted to share them.

·      I want to worry less.
·      I want to lose weight.
·      I want to stay healthy.
·      I want to smile more.
·      I want to focus on making memories.

Come join me on my journey! It’s going to be a spectacular!

Photo by Cristiane Teston on Unsplash