Activity: What’s Your Reason?
This game involves students writing down claims supported by reasons and then guessing each others’ claims after listening only to the reasons. Hand out four note cards (or note-card sized pieces of paper) to each student. Ask them toView Tool »
Activity: Keep the Question Going
This game involves students generating questions collaboratively. The exercise runs easily for about ten minutes and can go for a half hour or more with discussion. It is often a good exercise to use early in the year, as itView Tool »
Can animals make music?
We all love music. Some of us sing daily, if just to ourselves. It could be our favorite tune from Frozen or simply a tune we made up ourselves. What makes sound music? Let’s start with ourselves. The teacher/facilitator mayView Tool »
Big Questions and How We Answer Them
This activity begins by grouping students into groups of three or four. Each student is handed a blank index card and each group is handed an index card on which is written one of the following questions: Do you haveView Tool »
Can anyone make art?
In 2007 an independent film came out entitled “My Kid could paint that.” It followed the art career of a four year old, Marla Olmstead, living in Binghamton, NY who took the art world by storm. Many of her canvasesView Tool »
Aesthetics is for the Birds
This is a photo of leaves on rocks. One can look at the content, nature, or the photographic composition, artifice. The leaves and the rocks: The veins run through the dominant maple leaf, staining it deep green. They betray bothView Tool »