Creativity Corner

April 15, 2009

ace of cakes

Filed under: Uncategorized — EriiD @ 1:26 am

Ace of Cakes is a organization a man started all by himself.  He designs cakes for all ages and of all sizes.  I am posting this blog because I feel everyone should get a chance to see what these people can really do.   It is great for birthday parties and weddings.  Other occasions do apply but those are the more general ones. 

 

The website is http://www.charmcitycakes.com you should take a look!

Five year old

Filed under: Uncategorized — EriiD @ 1:19 am

Who says a five-year-old kid can’t have his own blog on the Internet? It’s not such a complicated proposition, explains our hero:

“i’m georgie, i’m 5. i live with my mom and dad. i have a dog named charlie. he’s a bearded collie, he’s really big and a lot of fun. my best friend’s name is joey. joey’s cool, he can burp the alphabet. i blog using voice recognition software and a microphone. it’s really fun because i like to talk.”

 

 

I thought this was cute.  A five year old is blogging.  What is the world of technology coming to!

April 14, 2009

Stress

Filed under: Uncategorized — beachbum87 @ 11:46 pm

I thought the topic of stress would be appropriate because of the end of the semester quickly approaching.

Many may not realize how much stress can negatively affect not only the mind, but also the body.

Stress can bring upon emotional breakdowns, physical issues such as headaches, muscle aches, weakening of the immune system, and fatigue.  Additionally, it causes you to sleep less, eat more or less, and to put it bluntly, you just feel really crappy.

One way to relieve stress during exams is to pay more attention to your breathing patterns (breath slowly and deeply when you find yourself stressed out).  Doing yoga is another way to calm your body and mind.  Eating healthy foods rich in vitamins, protein, and minerals and cutting out sugar and oily foods is another way to help with stress. Drink plenty of water and exersice.  Not only are all these suggestions good for your body, but it will help you with anxiety. 

So, relax! Your mind will be free and you will think more clearly.

Here’s a relaxing video:

Optical Illusions

Filed under: Uncategorized — fisa07 @ 10:47 pm

This youtube video is about optical illusions and tricks the mind plays on us. It’s from Bill Nye the Science Guy. This would be a creative way to introduce optical illusions to elementary students because it is fun and interesting.

Chocolate-Healthy?

Filed under: Uncategorized — beachbum87 @ 7:39 pm

Hey everyone,

I thought I’d take a more personal approach to this blogging thing.  I’m sitting here right now finishing up the paper for Courtney’s module assignment, and doing my last couple blogs.  All of a sudden I got this extreme craving for something to drink, and chocolate. Hot chocolate seemed like an amazing idea. So I made myself a cup of hot chocolate made with unsweetened cocoa powder. Sounds kind of wierd because I know most people use already mixed syrups or other  concoctions. I was thinking about how good cocoa is for the body.It has lots of antioxidants which help fight off diseases.  The reason chocolate has a bad rep is mostly because people eat the kind that is processed with tons of sugar and other stuff. Anyway… This is for all the chocolate lovers out there who want a more healthy alternative to eating what they love.

Recipe for “perfectly chocolate” hot cocoa:

2 tbsp. sugar, 2tbsp hershey’s natural unsweetened cocoa, dash salt, 1 cup milk, 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

the recipe in detail is on the back of the little box, but I just heat the milk up and then mix everything in. I personally like it better with less sugar, so I only put in 1 tbsp.

Enjoy a cup of hot cocoa without all the preservatives, dyes, artificial flavorings, and gross stuff.

Here’s a website from a person who was kinda thinking the same thing as me:

http://foodfight.wordpress.com/2006/10/08/chocolate-oh-so-good/

I Love You Rituals

Filed under: Uncategorized — fisa07 @ 6:03 pm

Dr. Becky Bailey came up with the concept of I Love You Rituals. These are our typical nursery rhymes, with positive words substituted for the negative ones that we all grew up learning. For example,

“There was an old woman, who lived in a shoe; She had so many children, she didn’t know what to do. She gave them some broth, without any bread; She whipped them all soundly, and sent them to bed.”

Is changed to this version for I Love You rituals:

“A wonderful woman lived in a shoe. She had so many children; she knew exactly what to do. She held them, she rocked them, she tucked them in bed. I love you, I love you is what she said.”

Each rhyme has hand gestures/dances to go along with them. Making eye contact with the child is especially important. These bonding moments create positive experiences for the child. Neural connections in the brain are built by making eye contact, touching and being in the moment with the child. These neural connections improve behavioral problems and allow the brain to grow and learn new things.

Parents can purchase Dr. Bailey’s book and tapes and perform these I Love You Rituals with their child/children.

Teachers can play the positive rhymes in classrooms and have the children perform the corresponding moves with a friend.

For more information visit this site.

Encourage Creativity

Filed under: Uncategorized — fisa07 @ 5:36 pm

All teachers can and should encourage their students to be creative. In the article Encouraging Creativity in the Classroom, it explains that teachers should lead by example. While teaching you should move around the classroom and perhaps even try sitting on their level instead of lecturing from a desk or PowerPoint. Changing the way a room is set up will also inspire students. Making a circle with the desks instead of the traditional rows may make a difference. Holding class outside on occasion will also change the way students think. The change in scenery may inspire some students. Poetry is one area mentioned where students can be as creative as they wish. I would say story writing is another activity that would inspire creativity.

The School System in Past Times

Filed under: Uncategorized — beachbum87 @ 3:41 am

This video is an exerpt from the 1930 movie, The Blue Angel.  It caught my attention because it shows how life in the school system was back then.  Compare the teacher’s lesson to current times…You would never see a teacher treating their students that way.  Its pretty fascinating how he pretty much puts one student on the spot with no regard to his feelings… I’m sure that kid was embarassed. Any thoughts?

April 9, 2009

Hold Onto Imagination

Filed under: Uncategorized — beachbum87 @ 2:18 pm

 

“I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge – that myth is more potent than history. I believe that dreams are more powerful than facts.”- Robert Fulghum

“Everything that is new or uncommon raises a pleasure in the imagination, because it fills the soul with an agreeable surprise, gratifies its curiosity, and gives it an idea of which it was not before possessed.”
Joseph Addison

“Nothing encourages creativity like the chance to fall flat on one’s face.”
James D. Finley

“Our imagination is the only limit to what we can hope to have in the future.”
Charles F. Kettering

“Trust that little voice in your head that says “Wouldn’t it be interesting if..”; And then do it.”
Duane Michals

“People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind.”
William Butler Yeats

“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world. “
Robert Burton

“When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come close to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.”
Albert Einstein

“He paints a dolphin in the woods, a boar in the waves.”
Horace

“The function of the imagination is not to make strange things settled, so much as to make settled things strange.”
G. K. Chesterton

“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.”
George Bernard Shaw

I looked around to find some quotes on imagination.  I believe many teachers lose sight of the importance of teaching creativity.  I have had many teachers in my life that focused soley on academics.  I believe that teachers should not only educate on the content area subjects, but also encourage kids to use their imagination and think “outside of the box”.  Whether it be art, or creative play, lesson plans should incorperate imaginative learning! I’m holding onto these quotes for some inspiration…

High School Teacher Career Info – First Hand

Filed under: Uncategorized — kellyh34 @ 3:32 am

This is a video that is about high school teaching. The speaker is an actual high school teacher and seems to know what she is talking about. She is giving the audience tips on what to do before they start teaching. I think it seems to be very helpful.

 

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