Slice of Life Buttons

Here are some buttons you can use if you want to proudly display your participation in the Slice of Life Challenge.  🙂  Also, feel free to use these with your students too. My friend, Monica, made this button into a hyperlink to use on your blog.  Here is the code that will get ya a… Continue reading Slice of Life Buttons

art · friends · writing · writing as a gift center

Exchanging “Kind Words for My Classmates”

I had a remarkable day with my students yesterday on so many levels. However, the "Kind Words" Exchange was incredible. I recorded some of their reactions to the Exchange. (Can't read what the writing on the text? Just click on the image to see it in its largest form.) What I didn't couldn't here are… Continue reading Exchanging “Kind Words for My Classmates”

art · conferring · memories · wn entry · Write: It's good for you!

Ruth’s Memoir Monday: High School Art Class.

I walk into my favorite class of the day, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are floating through the air, She grew up in an Indiana town, with a good lookin' mama who was never 'round, I took my usual seat, far from the door, on the inside of the table.  I loved this spot because I could… Continue reading Ruth’s Memoir Monday: High School Art Class.

art · writing · writing as a gift center

Holiday Gifts

I was listening to the John Tesh Radio Show as I drove to Ceramics Class last night. A segment entitled "What Are Kids Asking Santa for This Year?" came on as I was driving. Tesh reported that more and more kids are asking Santa for the necessities (and even for their parents' jobs back) this… Continue reading Holiday Gifts

art · ceramics · slice of life

Stacey’s SOLS: Contest

I noticed the clay menorahs sitting on the "to-be-fired" cart in the Arts Room when I arrived at Ceramics Class this evening. I didn't think twice about them 'til I heard Shannon mention the contest. As soon as I heard there was a contest, my competitive flare shot from my belly and out through my… Continue reading Stacey’s SOLS: Contest


Homemade Stickers That Promote Writerly Habits

I've been thinking about investing in a sticker machine for quite some time now, but couldn't justify it. However, when I thought about how much I've been paying for stickers lately, the idea of having my own sticker machine for the purpose of making my own stickers for my students seemed more attractive. (I used… Continue reading Homemade Stickers That Promote Writerly Habits

art · creativity · slice of life

S.I.H. Class Starts Tomorrow

Just a reminder, for those of you that signed up and will be joining Ruth and I (and probably 50,000 other people), that the Stories in Hand Class begins tomorrow. Make sure you have a 6" x 6" binder for the project. (Ruth kindly sent me one since this size binder was sold out everywhere… Continue reading S.I.H. Class Starts Tomorrow

art · craft · writing

Stories in Hand

Ruth just convinced me to sign up for a free online course called "Stories in Hand," which you can read more about by clicking here. The course is a hybrid: art and writing. If you're passionate about capturing the small moments of your life, similar to what we do every Tuesday with the Slice of… Continue reading Stories in Hand

art · creativity · Election 2008 · persuasive writing

A Little Copywriting

This afternoon, I'm going to teach a Social Studies Lesson about voting I found on It's a lesson about having kids persuade adults to vote in a non-partisan way. I created a PowerPoint to go along with the lesson. Feel free to use it if you're interested in teaching the same lesson before November… Continue reading A Little Copywriting

art · education


This weekend, during rest time, I heard a few sobs from my youngest daughter's room.  The sounds were odd, so I went to check on her.  As I approached her door, I heard a bit of pounding and -- oh dear! -- was that a growl?  Opening the door and peeking in, I asked, "Is… Continue reading frustration.

art · big picture · writing workshop

The Power of Writing

Today, as students were coming into the building and teachers were greeting them, I witnessed the following interaction in the first grade hallway: A little girl stops in front of her teacher and extends a homemade card. The teacher stoops to the little girl's level and lavishly praises her beautiful card. The little girl remains… Continue reading The Power of Writing

art · blogging · collecting · inspiration · reflections · the persona of a writer · writer's notebook

Writer’s Notebooks, Art Journals, Scrapbooking, Blogs???

Liza Lee Miller said:  Okay . . . here’s a question for you. As a teacher, as a writer, as an artist . . . what is the difference between a Writer’s Workbook and an Art Journal. My mother and sister keep art journals and ephemera is a huge part of that for them. I… Continue reading Writer’s Notebooks, Art Journals, Scrapbooking, Blogs???