In the photo above, that's me on the left with one of my best friends in front of her boat. My mind is on overload, all the time! Ideas fly around even in my dreams. When I lived in Florida, Amy was always there to listen to my ideas. Her daughter, along with several friends, tested my ideas when I was an editor and writer for a preschool activities series. (I can't believe her daughter, then 4, just graduated from high school!) When Amy went on vacations, I always asked her to bring back maps and brochures from museums. I loved using them in my 6th grade classroom!
My busy mind isn't stressful, it excites me! I want to share my excitement and knowledge in both of my blogs--DOUBLE TROUBLE!
Despite being a math teacher for 13 of my 25 years of teaching, I love the notion of tons of answers for a problem or question, and valuing each student's answer. Add technology to the equation, and there are infinite ways to capitalize on students' ideas.
When I started using Pinterest, one of my favorite activities was to project a photo on the interactive whiteboard, and have students brainstorm. I usually included a question, or fill in the blank statement. Usually I used it as an activity at the start of class as I was taking attendance, but the activity is also wonderful as a writing prompt for all ages. I created a board for these ideas: Writing centers. Check it out on Travel with Mrs. T. on Pinterest.
You don't have to be a teacher to use this board. As a parent, show some of the photos from the Pinterest board to your children, and start a discussion. Better yet, show them a photo you've taken, and ask them to create a caption. Even better, have them take a picture, and you create a caption together! Use your travel photos; I'm sure you all have thousands!
Not a teacher or parent, no worries. Try it out yourself or with a friend! Not on Pinterest, try making a creative caption for the next photo you see in your Instagram feed, or the next photo you post on Instagram! One of my favorite bloggers, Buddy The Traveling Monkey, often runs giveaways for writing captions. Here's one where I was a winner!
If you didn't check out Travel with Mrs. T. School Edition through the link at the beginning of the post, here's the link again: http://travelwithmrst.edublogs.org/
Thanks for reading! Please consider sharing this post with a teacher friend, or friend with school-aged children. I've timed the launch to coincide with summer vacation for both planning purposes for teachers, and fun summer activities for families.
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Bonus Challenge Question: Where's your favorite library?
(Check out this library in Kansas!)