(Blanton Museum of Art)
Video narrated by Robert De Niro available at Amazon.
Teacher resources about Hans Hofmann available here from PBS.
Hans Hofmann’s home was painted in the bright primary colors found in his art!
In many situations, being concise is important.
A long explanation can be frustrating.
A short explanation is often better.
More teaching (or presenting) tips here: (click on image to enlarge)
Thanks to TeachThought and Sylvia Duckworth.
1. Sit in chair.
3. No surfing until you have written for at least two hours.
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This story can be about a physical or an emotional journey you’ve taken in your life.
If this photo prompt doesn’t excite you, find another and include it with your 50 word short story.
Even a very short story like this will exhibit many writing skills and can be used as a year-end assessment tool.
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Every book-lover enjoys a book list.
Take a look at BBC’s list of 100 books. Which ones have you read?
See the full list at the site shown above.
Today’s Assignment: Make your own book list. It can be a list of books you’ve read or books you want to read. It can be any sort of list. Give it an appropriate title.
Good Communication between instructor and students promotes successful learning.
A good RUBRIC informs the student of the instructor’s expectations.
Scholastic provides this very nice example:
An EXIT TICKET is also very helpful in letting the instructor assess student comprehension. Using this tool immediately after the class is imperative.
This is Scholastic’s example:
See more here:
Assignment: Today you should investigate various ways you can share your creative writing with others. This might be through a blog, a newsletter, a bulletin board, an electronic publication, a reading, or . . .
Some claim that sitting on a ball can aid concentration.
You can read about Mrs. Mauldin’s Class here:
Some experts like Dr. Charlie Seltzer, M.D. say that sitting on a ball at work is a bad idea.
Nilofer Merchant says that “sitting is the smoking of our generation”
What it comes down to is that our bodies were created for activity. Stagnation of body results in stagnation of mind.
It seems obvious, doesn’t it?
Watch this TED talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUEl8KrMz14
Now you understand, don’t you?
Assignment today: Increase your creativity by doing something active. Perhaps go for a walk!
Steve Jobs was known for his walking meetings. It is also said that Charles Dickens often relied upon walks to help him with his writing.
Group work is bad. One student always ends up carrying the water. Grading can be unfair.
Group work is not to be confused with intellectual interaction and discussion among students. There is something very depressing about a pre-class group of students assembled in a room texting rather than talking with each other. Classroom discussion should be encouraged, but assignments should be completed independently.
All of this relates to Introversion and Extroversion. All humans exhibit both tendencies in various ways.
Susan Cain has written an interesting book entitled: Quiet.
She has a teacher’s guide, too.
Watch her great Ted talk here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0KYU2j0TM4
She speaks of the importance of allowing, even encouraging, introverts to go off and contemplate their own thoughts, much as Buddha did. She warns of the over-use of group work and reminds us not to pay more attention to extroverts . . .
because Introverts often have the most profound things to say.
Today’s assignment: Do some solitary contemplation. Perhaps go for a solitary walk. Think great thoughts. Smile.
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Assignment: Write a poem. Set it to a musical tune. Sing it.
Laura Rennert gives this advice to fiction writers:
This is all really great advice!
Writing “beyond the ending” will give your story greater depth and complexity. It will allow the author to anticipate the questions that the reader will ask at the end of the story.
Check out Laura’s great site here: http://www.laurajoyrennert.com/writers-checklist-fiction.php
See great teaching materials on Laura’s site, too!
Thanks Laura Rennert