Book Review- Balloons Over Broadway

Beautiful picture book to use with biography and Thanksgiving via Wonder TeacherI have a book to share with you and I love it so much I can’t wait until the “proper season.” It’s called Balloons over Broadway, written and illustrated by the wonderful Melissa Sweet. The story is about Tony Sarg, the man who is the creative father of the Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Parade. (This sort of puts it in a “Thanksgiving” category except not really because it’s just as much about creativity and puppetry and artistic problem-solving and general inspiration!) There are so many reasons to build some teaching time around this book! [Read more...]

What Works in Education? Let’s Do That!

what works in educationIt’s an exciting day around here because it’s the FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL! Oh boy!

I love this time of year. January 1st means little to me. For those of us who call ourselves educators, the “new year” starts when the school buses start rolling again. Everyone is fresh-faced and full of excitement. For those of us who teach, it’s a chance to reinvent ourselves and our methods once again.

I’m back to full steam with this little blog too- as usual, I have more ideas for you than time. As I sat down over the weekend to gather my thoughts, I filled a page with things I want to share with you; new research, puppet ideas, movement based lessons, arts integration concepts… wowee!

Ultimately though, I kept coming back to a little slogan that popped into my mind and wouldn’t go away.

It’s nothing earth-shattering at all. Ready? [Read more...]

Art Integrated Lesson: Weather + Writing + Art!

Arts Integration Project with Weather and WritingRemember that post where I shared my planning process for designing arts integrated lesson based on a picture book? Well, here is the end result!

The rundown:

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