Sunday, September 20, 2009

In August I took photos of murals in our city and wrote 2 articles on painting murals with students. One article is about painting an ocean themed mural near a splash park or near a sink in an art room or kindergarten room. It can be found at this website: Murals: An Ocean Wall Mural - An Art Lesson. They were part 2 and 3 of a 3 part series on painting murals with students.

The other article focused on a lesson about murals that show perspective. The lessons included how to teach drawing with a vanishing point. Practice drawings are included to help students draw the eye in to the picture. I included photos from around the city on murals which were optical illusions to help the viewer think that the mural continued from the street into the wall. There were also several good websites to show artists (eg. Eric Grohe, Julian Beever) who do large murals like this all over the world. The art lesson is found at this website: Murals: Wall Murals Using Perspective to Draw You In

Monday, July 13, 2009

Pop Art Park Bench Project

This was one of the projects that I had the most fun with in art with my grade 5 to 8 students. I was asked to paint some park benches near the playground. The community bought paint. I had freedom to design what I wanted. So I chose the Orange Crush can as a bright orange bench to paint. From a distance you can see the orange slice on the back of the bench. We are a nutrition positive school so I was worried about using pop as a theme but no one seemed to care. People from the community liked them and said so as we were painting them. The students did the backgrounds and I did the fine details to perfect the letters and droplets and shadows. I did Sprite and 7Up on either side of the Crush bench mainly because that was the pop sold in our machine at school. Also they were blue and green.
The next fall I painted a Coke and Pepsi bench because they were near the ball diamonds and the pepsi can had a girl on it with a baseball cap. Coke and Pepsi are rivals and these benches faces opposite ball diamonds. The Pepsi bench was much more creative than the Coke bench. Kids loved them. The idea was to avoid graffitti. But they still spray painted red on the white Coke letters and blue on the white Pepsi letters.
This past year the community asked me to paint the park bench on the top of the hill. I plan to do Mountain Dew on it. The other school had painted red and white stripes on it and green and yellow stripes.
I've written an article on murals and how to paint them at Bright Hub. The article is called Pop Art Park Bench. It talks about the materials, method and mural websites to check out. This has been one of the lasting art projects I have done at this school and one of the most rewarding.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Fun in the Sun Art Project - Rice Paper

This project is easy to do with little shells and feathers you collect from the beach. I have done this project in the fall with collected leaves and flower petals. I have also tried it with glitter and flat chinese napkins with gold leaf on them. It is very easy to do. The hardest material to have on hand is wax paper. It can be made as long as you like. I made a long wall hanging with it for my bedroom. Looks nice with light shining through. This project I describe is for kids in the summer at a beach who want to do a craft. You can use it on a nice lantern or hang it in a window. See an article I wrote called: Fun in the Sun Summer Art Project.
I have made paper in art class but this project has turned out to be one of my favorites. I use it usually with grade 4's and 5's. Its messy with the white glue and kleenex but I would recommend it. Have the students collect the materials and bring them. Make sure they are flat. I tried to bring in flat fossilized leaves which were very pretty but rather expensive and not needed. Kids like adding glitter or sequins but you can't see them through the paper very well. Colored leaves, petals and flat cedar boughs work well. Anything you recommend would be welcome.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Pop Can Pop Art Project

To end off the school year, I had students learn the pop art genre of art. Instead of Andy Warhol's famous tomato soup can, I had grade 8 students choose from among several pop cans to sketch and then paint in bright colors. I explained about contrasting colors, how pop art should pop out at you and how it deals with unexpected colors such as bright blue on a typically red and white coke can.
The students created great sketches and were in the middle of painting when year end activities cut short this project. At bright hub, I wrote an article on the materials, preparation, and procedure for this project. See this article write up at: Pop Art Pop Can Project - An Elementary Art Lesson.
I was able to use some current examples of pop art in this lesson and received permission from the artist, Van Taylor Monroe, to show his pop art of Obama painted onto shoes. There is also some interesting pop art now being created for designs on flash drives. Where have you noticed pop art in today's culture?

Monday, June 8, 2009

Father's Day Art Projects

With Father's Day approaching, teachers might find it hard to come up with a quick and easy art project for Father's Day. Some teachers make birdhouses with their children. This requires planning, materials and help from parents. So, I wrote an article to create some simple art projects in grade 2 to 8 for Father's Day. They mostly involves sketching, cutting and pasting collages from magazines and posters, or painting. Try some of them.
The first 4 of 10 projects are found in this article at Bright Hub: Top 10 Father's Day Art Projects

The next 6 projects are found in part 2 of the article at:
Top 10 Father's Day Art Projects - Part 2

I suggest making a Father's Day card as a separate project. At the grade 4 level we are creating bowls from magazines. This project has taken several classes. The magazine bowl project procedures and lessons can be found at: Recycled Art - magazine Bowl Project
The gift to their father is to put some Hersheys hugs and kisses in the bowl, or golf tees, fish hooks or other small items. We also spray painted the bowls in sivler, black or red. The students liked this effect but did not hold the bowl in place too well.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

May is Math Month

I find this month to be the crunch time at school since lots of curriculum is yet to be covered and students are ready to go play outside. The activities at night make homework hard to accomplish. Teachers have a lot to get through and the track and field days, band concerts and outdoor cleanups are taking more and more time out of a typical spring day. So, I wrote 2 articles suggesting how parents might help teach their child at home the concept of fractions. This can be reinforced many times and will help give the child hands on opportunities to understand fractions. The article is about using an egg carton to teach parts of a whole. Then the child goes on to use measuring cups in a chocolate chip cookie recipe to help measure fractional amounts and then double a recipe. Doubling or tripling a recipe helps to make the child want to understand the concept of multiplying fractions so they don't ruin the cookies! Try these with your child.
Fraction Fun at Home: Modeling Fractions and Multiplying Fractions

Monday, May 25, 2009

Recycled Art Projects - Shoe Sculptures

The Conservation In a Shoebox art show prompted me to assign redesigning shoes to Mr. Shewchuck's class. Don't chuck shoes, reuse! was a message written to the students. I asked them what "footprint" they would leave on the earth. How would they mount the shoes? Would they walk on water, walk the walk, walk on a thin line, walk on a path, follow someone?? Did their shoe shine? Did it shine a light on conservation? Did they "toe" the line? Did they make a stand and stand up for what is right? By posing these questions on the board, the students came up with some pretty creative shoes.
An article written about the project is found at: Recycled Art Project: Shoe Sculptures
The top shoe was called "Flower to Empower" and was made of paper mache with flowers glued all over it. The "Bee Free From Pollution" shoe mounted on a flower was my second pick. Creative and fun project that I took many pictures of and will do again.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Recycled Art Projects - Conservation in a Shoebox

Recently, a student art show prompted me to do conservation based art projects. The projects were for grade 6 - 8 students. They brainstormed what they would like to see in their future in a perfect green world. Then they designed projects to fit in a 12 by 12 by 24 inch high space. The title was "Conservation in a Shoebox". One class had to design shoes. The medium could be clay, paper mache, pop cans, old shoes, cardboard, wire, etc. They had to give a title to the piece, medium used and name. On another index card they had to explain what they were trying to teach the world about conservation.
The project was very creative. Especially because they knew that a few pieces would be chosen for a student art show. Some items the students designed were: pop can shoes, bowls from magazines, recycled worlds (dioramas), pop bottle hats, magazine shopping bags, pop can tops jewellry, wind energy farms, parks, biomes, birds made of seeds, and a hot air balloon as alternate transportation.
The shoes were painted with buttons glued on, paper mached with flowers glued on, molded out of wire, cut out of foam, redesigned by gluing on pop cans, newspapers, and sand.
I wrote 4 articles about the projects. They can be found at Bright Hub. The procedures and pictures are explained in the articles with hints and tips.
How to make robots out of old nuts and bolts: Recycled Robot Project
How to make bowls out of magazines: Recycled Magazine Bowl Project
How to make sculptures from pop cans: Recycled Pop Can Project

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Exercise and Learning - A New Science About The Brain and Exercise

A book about exercise and learning called, SPARK: A Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, by Dr. Ratey summarizes a lot of research about learning. I wrote an article about the book and then made a 4 step study plan for parents and children. Basically its about using more aerobic exercise in your homework plans for the evening so that the brain is more alert. More will be accomplished. However, it takes changing and committing to the idea of exercise rather than relaxing at night. The article is called: Spark: A New Science of Exercise and the Brain - A Parents Guide to Help Students Study at Home
The book is easy to read and motivating to help people change their ideas about studying. If you do regular aerobic exercise you will already know and feel the benefits of more alert thinking after exercising. The interesting new knowledge is that aerobic exercise actually grows new brain cells! Fascinating.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

A Science Project - Tomatosphere

Tomatosphere is a project for grades 2 -11 who want to do some hands-on science and help the Canadian Space Agency. Students who are registered are mailed 2 packages of tomato seeds. One package has been exposed to space conditions such as no gravity and low pressure. The other package is a control package. Students observe and record how long it takes for the seeds to germinate. Teachers enter the results online. At the website at Tomatosphere, there is a lot of information on agriculture in space, space missions, astronauts, Mars and the International Space Station. A very excellent project at an excellent website. This is the second year of involvement at our school for students in grade 2, 4, 5 and 6. Its easy and fun.
I've written an article on the project. It is found at: Tomatosphere: A Simple Space Science Project

Monday, April 20, 2009

Self Esteem for Girls

An email regarding a Dove campaign on girls self esteem, showed an excellent website about hosting a sleepover for girls. The website offered self-esteem programs for adults to show the girls, videos to watch, songs to download, Pj's to purchase, and many other ideas to help discuss issues girls have in this area. Excellent site to show to 8 to 11 year old girls.
Here is the link to the Dove Sleepover for Self-Esteem

Here is the link to the educators part of Dove's website:
Dove Educators Guide
The video I liked on self-esteem is called Evolution. The link to it is here:
and there is a good one called Amy at the video section.

There are quizzes and discussion areas at the dove website. You can register for the sleepover and your city is put on the map. You receive 3 free downloads of music for the sleepover.
Overall the site is well organized, easy to follow and great to pass on to friends. I recommend it.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Helping Writers to Write Online Articles

This very useful article helps those who are writing articles online to get right to the point. It helps you to write articles the way a search engine would find them. Online writing is very different than report writing, blogging, twittering, etc. So this article will help you if you are making the endeavour to write articles. Click here: Web Writing: The Ground Rules
The author, The Barefoot, is a writer at Associated Content. He has his own blog and is a helpful writer for anyone who needs things explained.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Watercolor Art Project For Fall Leaves or Spring Flowers

This is the last in a series of watercolor projects that are easy for students to paint in grades 1 - 8. The shapes of leaves are painted on a contrasting background or flowers for spring. I would suggest tulips, irises or daffodils. Then the details are filled in with a gel pen or fine sharpie marker. I have tried all the watercolor projects and found the Easter Egg watercolor to be very effective. The next one I am trying is the Spring project of a rainbow and umbrella for Grade 5. If there are other ideas you find for watercolor projects, please post them here.
The article for this project is published at Bright Hub. Click here to find instructions and photos:
Easy Watercolor Project for Fall

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Watercolor Art Project - Summer wheatfield theme

This article describes another watercolor art project in the series I've created. It is about painting a background which can be a sunset, with a fencepost in the foreground. The fencepost has barbed wire detail, and the background has wheat or grass detail painted on it. Tips and techniques are included in the article. It links to the other projects in the series. Read about it here:

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

How to Recycle Your Old Computers for Money

This interesting article discussed a website for recycling old computers, ipods, phones that you may not want to sell, or can't sell because they are a little older. You access a website, give details about the computer and they estimate what they will give you for it. They take it apart usually for parts to recycle it. Its much better than dumping it in a landfill, but you have to take into account the money to ship it. It is located in the U.S. For more information click on this link to the article at Bright Hub:
It sounded like a great idea. We need a company like this based in Canada.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Art Project for Mother's Day

This watercolor project is a third in a series I've written at Bright Hub. It is for Mother's Day, or for any spring day in art. You are creating flowers on a watercolor background. The flowers can be daisies, mums, pansies or simple white flowers stamped on in acrylic paint. Its easy to do and fun for kids. The article link is:
If you like this project, or have one of your own, let me know at this blog.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Creative Ways to Get Students to Read and Report

An article at BrightHub caught my attention because it was about writing book reports in a new way. The article talked about reading a book and creating a blog about it, then leaving the book for someone else to find. Here is an excert form the article: There is a website,, where students may go and register the book they have read. They then write a blurb about their book and receive an identification number. To complete this project, students write the ID number in the book and then leave their book somewhere with a note to whomever finds it. Using this website, students participate in a modern, technologically advanced “message in a bottle” activity.

The full article can be found at:
Help Students Think Outside The Box With These Book Project Ideas.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Smart Ways to Use the Smartboard Series

I've written 3 articlesS in a series called Smart Ways to Use the Smartboard. The first one deals with uses of the Smartboard in daily classroom routines, reading and writing activities. The 2nd article deals more the Smartboard specifically in math lessons, the 3rd is for science lessons. All 3 give easy ways to use the Smartboard's drawing tools, pictures and backgrounds, multimedia and online resources. The resources are mostly from the UK. The math resources provide an excellent site with 90 math activities. There also some great online science sites to go to. Check the article out at

Smart Ways to Use the SMARTboard series

Smart Ways to Use the SMARTboard in Math Lessons
Smart Ways to Use the SMARTboard in Science Lessons

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Mathletics Website fo Math Motivation

For the next 2 weeks, grade 2 and 3's will be doing a trial demonstration of a product from 3p Learning at This program had the world math day timed math contest for students to play against other students in the world. The student gets to design their own avatar before they begin the games. The program also offers math lessons that a teacher can require students to perform at a level between 1 and 5. The lessons are start with a pre-quiz, several lessons that can be repeated and then a post quiz.

The motivation to perform the lessons is that gaining gold bars will allow more games to be unlocked by a student. It is very motivating math and something that students will likely enjoy. By participating in the 2 week trial, the students can access their accounts from home, to try it out after school hours. Seems like a fun program. If you've tried it before or would like to comment, please post a reply. I will be reporting how the demo went, to see if we do decide to purchase this program for our school.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Watercolor Art Project for Spring

Watercolor art projects are so easy to do and design. The latest project I designed involves a stormy sky, a rainbow and a child holding an umbrella. If students can't draw the child they can just paint the background and have a separate painting of an umbrella and a pair of boots. You then cut out the umbrella and boots and glue them on to the background with a sponge holding them away from the background. Simple and cute.
Watercolor Art Project for Spring
Check out the article on the materials and procedures. It is part of a series on watercolor art projects that I have written at Bright Hub. As I do more watercolor projects I will post them. If there are any art ideas that you would like to add, please comment.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

St. Patrick's Day Project

On March 17, I found a quick easy art project to teach about creating color. The color was green of course. I simply had students divide a 12" paper into 6 equal parts. At one end we painted blue and at the other end yellow. Then as you move toward the center, paint each section a green. On one end paint more yellow than blue, on the other end, the blue end, paint more blue than yellow. Create various greens that blend into each other. We found tempra paint to work poorly compared to acrylic paint. So, if you want to teach about blending colors, or the differences between tempra and acrylic paint, or between blending colors on paper or on a paint tray, then try this simple lesson. The kids enjoyed learning about color blending without having to accomplish a great masterpiece. This was done at grade 4 and 5 level.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Science Project - Gr. 4 - 6 Plants & Space

The CSA, Canadian Space Agency has an excellent scientific experiment for kids to perform with tomato seeds. At a website called Tomatosphere, you can learn all about ways to use tomatoes to help actual astronaut test conditions in space. By registering your class or school with the project, they will send you 2 packages of tomato seeds, one of which is a control group and one which has been exposed to conditions like those on Mars. The seed packages are labelled M and N. Students grow them and find the rate of germination. Experiments are easy to set up. Students send in their results to the website. Later they are informed which package of seeds are the control group.
Its an exciting hands-on project. There are videos to support it. Many teacher resources are included on the website. We have done this project last year and unless you back out, you carry on the project for 3 consecutive years. Try it out! Try to see it.

To see a video of the project click here:

Monday, March 16, 2009

Easy Easter Art Project

I took a watercolor project that I learned from Gail Schmaltz, and added an Easter aspect to it. Most of her watercolor projects are easy to do, end in beautiful results and the kids love them.
You really should have watercolor paper for these and all watercolor projects as it soaks up the paint in a certain way. You can purchase watercolor paper at Colors or at Art Placement. Probably Michaels will have it as well. Paints can be from the dollar store. Here is the link to an article on watercolor project for Easter Eggs:

There are other Easter egg coloring pages, pastel projects and traditional Easter egg dying (Pysanka Art) which I do at Easter. Do you have any favorite projects??

Saturday, March 14, 2009

The Lost Generation

This video is interesting. It won 2nd place at a meeting of the AARP (American Association of Retired People). It was submitted by a 20 year old. The contest was called "u @ 50". When shown, everyone in the room was awe-struck and broke into spontaneous applause. So simple and yet so brilliant because it reads a completely different message backwards than it does forwards. Its about today's generation. Its simple yet effective.

The link to it is here:
or you can try clicking beflow:

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Advantages of Blogging

In researching advantages to blogging as a teaching tool, I found a great resource called: 11 Advantages of Using a Blog for Teaching. Some of the advantages are: learning is indepent of time and location, learning becomes self-directed, more peer-to-peer collaboration occurs and writing competencies are improved. The powerpoint on the 11 advantages is at:
It was a slideshow created by Frank Calberg, in Switzerland, 10 months ago (June 2008).
Check it out. Perhaps you will start a blog with your students.
What advantages do you see to blogging with students??

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Structures and Towers - Grade 7 Science Lesson

This is a unit in Grade 7 to study structures in society. Here is an excellent source for information. If you find a good source for other students to use, post it in your comments.
This is information from an online encyclopedia at:
Try researching information on towers and structures, then plan an informative powerpoint on various types of structures.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Importance Of A Blog for Teaching , Posting Art

In today's world, if you were teaching writing, it would be important to incorporated communicating and messaging. Would having a teacher's blog be important for teaching this? I would think that classrooms online, using a program called blackboard do this. Is there anyone who uses a blog to accomplish the same thing? I am going to check out this way of teaching. Jeff Jarvis, at, a blog I'm following, discusses education in today's world. Check it out.
A website which provides 11 advantages to teaching with a blog is at:
Its a slide presentation about teaching, at college level, using a blog.

A blog for posting children's artwork can be found at:
This is what the creators say about this blog: THEBLOG WEEMADE is a user-generated showcase. We accept posts from anyone and everyone. Scan and post your children's artwork or your own artwork from when you were child. Found artwork. Anything!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Art Project for Creating Nametags

This article goes over 3 simple steps to creating a name creature. It is easy to do and involves markers and paper. I would use it at the beginning of the year to make a nametag for an art portfolio. Pictures are included to show the steps along the way. Try it, you'll like it!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Great and small art projects

Here is an article on an easy to do art project. I have tried to give some tips and hints to make it go smoothly. It is for kids of all ages. I call it the Larger Than Life Project. To read about it, click on this link at Associated Content:

Other great lessons and tips are welcome, especially for art projects that work well. Teachers can provide the best tips on how it works at different age levels. There are some projects I would do again and some I would not. There are some that go well with "creative creature" themes and some that work better with the "human face" theme. I will be posting my favorite and easiest projects here.

Which projects have you liked? Why? What are your recommendations??

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

World's Math Day - Mar. 4, 2009

Today is the day to get students doing as much math online at as possible. Teachers who registered students for this contest were sent emails stating that a day before the contest, they could no longer register new students. Competition begins at different times in different time zones in the world. The company sent teachers Activity Ideas for the classroom and school. These included such things as creating a giant school graph of each class's progress, run teacher vs. student challenges, and making a large world map of countries the students have challenged. Its an exciting day if students can get online and do this contest. The link to the activities is as follows:

Students can get a Gold Certificate if they answer 1000 questions during the challenge. It is a very motivating math and computer activity.

Dr. Seuss Lesson Plans - For March 2 - His birthday

Lesson plans for using Dr. Suess on March 2, his birthday are provided by a writer at Associated Content, Michelle M. Guilbeau-Sheppard, a teacher in k-6 in Illinois. With an art degree this writer has many lesson plans involving art, authors, poets and technology. To find Dr. Seuss lesson plans, click on the following link:

To read her other articles on Associated Content, follow this link:

I found articles on Shel Silverstein poems, coloring dragon pictures, and and princess coloring pages.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Google For Doodle Contest

A writer at Associated Content, Linda StCyr, wrote an interesting article about a contest Google is having for students. Teachers have to register their students in grades K-12. The students try to create a new Google logo. The theme is What I Wish For The World. The rules are found at the website,, given in her article. Only U.S. students are allowed to enter.

See the complete article at:

You will also find my article about this contest at www.
The link for this is:

Today Google's Logo is Dr. Seuss characters, to celebrate his birthday. At the contest website you can find out about how Mr. Hwang comes up with the logos he does. He also shows his favorites. Check them out. I like the Mozart logo. Which is your favorite??

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Star Wars Can Increase Your Child's Vocabulary

B. A. Rogers, a writer at Associated Content gives us the reasons why exposing children to vocabulary in context can increase their understanding. She tells us what makes a word "rare" and then provides the reasons why Star Wars books can aid a child's vocabulary. A great article by a writer with a B.A. in English, who adds life experiences to her writing. Read this article at:

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Customizing Your Everything - Human Nature or Popular Culture?

Have you ever noticed how important it is to us to customize our technological toys? We want a certain desktop wallpaper, background, cursor image on screen. Our name is associated with a certain signature, smiley or title. Our website, blog or facebook page has a customized dashboard, wall or layout. Our cellphone has a certain ring, with a certain personalized case cover.

I noticed one day teaching grade 4 computers that when I allowed the students to customize their desktop computers with a photo from a photographers gallery, they were excited. These 9 year olds came in weekly to change that background even though it was changed back to the default everytime they logged out of the computer lab.

Grade 2 and 3 students, 7 and 8 year olds, were thrilled to play an online math game because the game included an avatar that they could customize with different hats, hairstyles, glasses, skin color, eyes, nose and facial features. These students also love playing on a webkinz site where they can buy and change things for their little stuffed pet.

As adults we can customize our cars, homes and other possessions. We have always had the choice to express ourselves this way. However, it seems to me that lately we have been offered this ability in increasing amounts on every gadget we own.

If young students and adults alike, enjoy the ability to customize programs, avatars, desktops, cellphones etc., why has this phenomenon become so popular? Is it just a big marketing scheme?
It is motivational I'll agree, but does this makes us feel unique or just one in a million?

What customizing phenomenon have you noticed?
Do you think it has always been in our human nature to personalize our space?
Does having a unique profile in a more globally connected world makes it hard for anyone to stand out?
Is customizing a way to carve out our little niche in the world?

Friday, February 27, 2009

Writing Recipe For Success : Add Some Art

What does art ad to your writing or advertising. One scientific study found that art makes products seem more luxurious if art is on the packaging. So perhaps a picture of art will enhance the perception of your writing. Photos, illustrations always add to a story. So does a photo that is artistic or of an artist help your story? Find out about the study from an article I wrote at this link:
This website allows pictures to be embedded with your story. See some good examples of art, graffiti, and eye catching photos.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Ways to Look Smarter - Words U Can Use!

An excellent online writer, Donald Pennington, has written an article on 30 words you may want to use as a teacher or a writer. Read this and his many other articles at Associated Content. Follow this link:
Perhaps you can conflate the elements of writing and teaching to sound really smart!

Math Tips and Tricks

If you want to get kids excited about math, try a website called

Here the students can be registered by a teacher or individually with an email account. After students dress and design their avatar with hats, hair, glasses, skin color and clothes, they enter a math game. The game is a mental math race against 3 other students from around the world. The program picks who they play against. It may even be someone from their own classroom. It is fun, exciting and they love it.

World Maths Day is designed to get kids doing mental math at their level (adding, subtracting, multiplying or dividing). They love the race against time. They are given a score based on amount correct in the 1 minute time limit. They can improve their score. 3 strikes and they are out. They can choose a new game.

Kids learn about different country names and flags. Kids can keep track of high scores, average questions correct and other statistics. This game can be practiced at home or at school as long as they have thier name and password.

World Maths Day is on March 4, 2009. Kids can practice any time up until and even after that day. A world mathomometer keeps track of the number of correct math answers found to that date. The country and school leading the race is traced daily. Top students and classes are listed in the hall of fame.

This program is designed by 3P Learning. It is highly motivational for the winter months of February and March. They even give away an ipod as a prize. I recommend it for grades 2 through 8. You will like it at home or at school. It is an easy math or computer lesson which a teacher doesn't have to plan!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Why Teachers Are Here

I started this blog with the hope that those who want to learn and trade teaching tools, tricks, tips, technology, theories, stories, best lessons and all that comes with this profession, would come here. Why here?? By providing a platform that you are comfortable adding comments to, reading and enjoying, you would find useful use of your time!

I found out there are thousands of blogs called teacher tips and tricks. The only reason to blog here would be that you are new, by chance you found my site, you are a writer at Associated Content and read my articles (, or you like are lost. Add this site to your bookmarks, favorites, and RSS feeds. Connect here and be a part of a new community.

This is also an experiment in learning for me. How can I teach technology without starting a blog? This collaboration, collection and compilation may be important for my students in their near future. Perhaps all teaching will be online blogging, researching and collaborating. Distributing the learning and teaching among the students!

Finally, enjoyment should be part of the learning. Post a few funny moments you've had in teaching and let us all share in the spirit of life that comes from dealing with people.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Writing With Clarity

The Value of Clarity in Writing, Messaging, and Advertising
Writing clear and concise messages is important in writing, speechwriting, advertising and communicating. This article discusses the value of clarity.
It's clearly an important trait!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Smart Uses Of A SMART Board

A SMART Board, interactive whiteboard or digital whiteboard all refer to technology in the classroom which is motivating to students. It can enhance learning in the same way as computers, videos, slides, pictures, whiteboards, manipulatives and other technologies have created stimulating environments for students. The digital age is aiding the learning and creating new ways to interact with computers. This teaching tool is one of many new technologies that teachers are incorporating into their teaching toolbox.

The electronic whiteboard or SMART Board as an input device can be exciting to use if you know tips and tricks of using it. The lessons provided and online resources are helpful. The tips that teachers who use the technology in their classroom, provide come from experience with the new technology. Those tips can be found in an article that is published at Associated Content. Click on the link below to read the entire article:

This post is provided for you to add on your tips for using the SMART Board in the classroom. Perhaps you have found the best use for this technology and would like to share your ideas. If you are looking for ways that a secondary teacher would use it, you can specify your needs here. People who are using this technology in their classroom may want to specify the grade level and subject area that they are using it with. Post your comments as to whether you like and use the digital whiteboard. What other technology do you use and how?? Let us know at this blog.