We returned from #CCEFinland to full-out fall leaves courtesy of a sudden freeze while we were away. Keeping to our presentation theme of #HarnessingImagination, we brainstormed some lesson ideas while we raked the leaves and gathered components for our Thanksgiving centerpiece.
Teachable Moments, like turkey giblets, are never wasted. For a STEM connection, I can use the photos along with information from ESF State University of New York to form the basis of a ThingLink scavenger hunt on the science behind why leaves turn different colors in fall. ThinkLink Inc. is a Finnish-American in-image app created in 2010 by Ulla Engeström and Janne Jalkanen. Depending on time limitations (and how compelling the Black Friday sales are), I can ask students to either complete the Scavenger Hunt that I create or they can add their own components.
Question 1: What design elements would you add to this lesson?
Question 2: What standards does this lesson address?
Please leave a comment with your ideas.
The leaves transformed the lawn to a carpet of color. For a STEAM connection, I can use the photos of the multi-color lawn as a palette for student composed poetry/haiku. After reading and discussing the technique of haiku from the Australian Writers’ Centre, student teams can take turns writing alternating lines of the poem or haiku. Alternately, students can choose to work solo on their poem/haiku.
Question 3: What design elements would you add to this lesson?
Question 4: What standards does this lesson address?
All of the outside color found a place on our Thanksgiving table with our Fall Centerpiece of Safflower blossoms, garden parsley, rosemary, and chives. A little glitter spray paint glammed up some of the outside English laurel leaves.
Let your imagination go on May 30th for National Creativity Day!
Whether you are an artist, writer, musician, filmmaker, blogger, photographer, graphic artist, or any of 100 other creative personalities, the world is going to celebrate you and your creative pursuit. Give your students, your friends, and your family an invitation to fly their Creativity Flag! Wear your creativity on your sleeve with a colorful outfit!
Click over to the website http://NationalCreativityDay.com for interviews, articles, and strategies for becoming more creative and building creativity into your daily life.
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HISTORY of National Creativity Day
Hal Croasmun and ScreenwritingU founded National Creativity Day in 2018 to celebrate the imaginative spirits everywhere and to encourage them to keep creating.
This week’s Ed. Quote is in honor of my creative daughter, on her birthday!
“Electricity is not only present in a magnificent thunderstorm and dazzling lightning, but also in a lamp; so also, creativity exists not only where it creates great historical works, but also everywhere human imagination combines, changes, and creates anything new.” ~Lev Vygotsky, 1930/1967, cited in Smolucha, 1992, p. 54
Quote Source: Smolucha, F. (1992). A reconstruction of Vygotsky’s theory of creativity.
Our Images of Aging Photo Contest drew many entries in the categories of Black & White, Color, and Mobile. This year our Mobile Category had the most submissions with 21 entries. Awards were presented today at the Images of Aging Recognition Luncheon at the Williams Performing Arts Center to our gifted photographers.
Students, Please consider joining this elite group of photographers from all disciplines who appreciate the older adults in their lives and enjoy the digital photography! Faculty, please consider encouraging your students to submit a photograph to next year’s Images of Aging Contest.
All who entered are winners because they captured a moment in the lives of aging adults. Here are the photos of the judges choices in each category.
Category: Black & White
Special thanks to Donna Hester, from the Department of Theater, for her help with our luncheon and photograph staging. For the Images of Aging Photo Contest, gifted ACU students across campus were encouraged to take and submit photographs that included at least one person who is 60 years of age or older.