teaching vocabulary
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teaching vocabulary

Just by speaking, we learn vocabulary. By reading, we naturally learn it all the more. Grandma overheard her granddaughter refer to her coccyx getting hurt on the sled hill (not conventional nine  year old terminology, but she has a medical dad). We speak, they learn. I don’t teach vocabulary. But I am a word geek. … Continue reading

teach your kids poetry
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teach your kids poetry

Every September we study poetry: we read it, we analyze it, we write it. Oh no, you say, my kids wouldn’t enjoy poetry. Ditto for mine. (Or so they thought.) The benefits of poetry: Build neural networks. Learn a new language. Become cultured. These were my original reasons for reading snippets of William Wordsworth as … Continue reading

Writing: teaching literary device using pop culture
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Writing: teaching literary device using pop culture

I  was searching for an accessible way to explain literary device when my oldest was asking for help in her final high school English class. If you’re thinking, what even is a literary device, an abbreviated, succinct version exists here: http://www.literarydevices.com/ And when you sit to watch a few of these videos, include your pop … Continue reading

food for creative thought: local potter David Lawson, on creativity
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food for creative thought: local potter David Lawson, on creativity

In a creativity conference I attended an artist practicing fiction writing and pottery shared his thoughts on creativity: “Everyone is creative. Certain people are not just born with creativity. You went home, opened the fridge door and made something. So let loose the judgments of others, or self,” says David Lawson. He’s got a point. Everyone finds a … Continue reading

food for creative thought: the unique contribution
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food for creative thought: the unique contribution

What is my unique contribution to the world? I relistened to a podcast by Elizabeth Gilbert interviewing Brene Brown. You are likely familiar with the author Elizabeth Gilbert. She wrote Eat, Pray, Love…and a handful of other titles. Recently, Gilbert wrote Big Magic — the next title on my reading list. It’s a book about creativity, … Continue reading

food for creative thought: mark twain, on productivity
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food for creative thought: mark twain, on productivity

“The secret to getting ahead is getting started…” Mark Twain has been quoted to say this. And they say Agatha Christie has too. Either way, they both did a lot of writing. And that quote applies to everything we do in life too. The secret to not getting ahead is fear. Fear stalls the getting ahead. … Continue reading