Category Archives: creativity

Annotating To Kill a Mockingbird

My student’s amazing graphic annotation of To Kill a Mockingbird.

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Wintergatan- Marble Machine

The musical band/group Wintergatan (Swedish for “Milky Way”) is a creative group of musicians who utilize unexpected objects and mechanical devices to create their sound. They call their style of music — folktronica. This Marble Machine was created and built … Continue reading

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Patterned tapes

This photo is of a personalized computer one of my students brought to school today to complete work on a research paper. She used a variety of patterned tapes to create this visual menagerie. At first I thought she had … Continue reading

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Memory Lane

Each time I get in to Ann Arbor to visit my mother, I try to do some sort of activity with her and some of the ladies in her wing. In November we made cards using stamps and last week … Continue reading

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Getting Comfortable with ambiguity

Emily Dickinson today! —I dwell in Possibility— A difficult poem but after I dictated the poem to the class and they carefully wrote it in their journals, I then assigned each student a word to look up and define (like … Continue reading

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Greetings from Niagara Falls

My mother has a friend in her assisted living facility. In fact, we have been hearing quite a bit about him over the last year. After exercise class, he always volunteers to wheel her from the class back to her … Continue reading

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Vivian Maier’s Chicago

I finally made it to the Vivian Maier Exhibition at the Chicago History Museum. Vivian Maier (1926-2009) was a nanny in the northern suburbs of Chicago, who took photographs on her days off. Born in New York, she grew up … Continue reading

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