The Power of the Story: A Lakeshore Lesson

  The Madrid airport was bustling with people quickly running to catch their flights. I glanced at my watch again – 2 more hours *sigh*. My cohort classmate looked at me, “So, what’s your story?” I looked confused, “My what?” “You know, your story?”   Ever since that exchange, I began to realize how important […]

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My Flowers of Asia

I don’t know what started it but while I was in Japan and South Korea last summer, I just started taking pictures of random flowers that caught my eye. Since my focus of the trip was to see these cultures through the arts, I guess these beautiful creations didn’t want to be left out. My […]

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Beyond the Chair: The Truth About Donorschoose

Have you ever admired a wristwatch? Not just any old watch but a top of the line Movado that not only told time but also the date, your altitude, your heart rate AND it did with style? Donorschoose.org is like that Movado; beautiful, efficient and the top of its class in the world of non-profits. But […]

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Building Your Own Creative PD

DING! I turned my head to see the email pop up. Heart quickened, eyes focused. My first response letter from the NEH Summer Fellowship is in. I quickly scanned it just to see, ‘We regret to inform you that we cannot offer you a place for this year’s program.’ As my heart sank as the […]

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I Thanked a Teacher and He Got $10,000!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! Mr. Steven Miller was my 6th grade general studies teacher and he made me realize that it was ok to be me. It’s ok to be crazy and think out of the box. It’s ok to go above and beyond other people’s expectations of you (though they might think that you’re odd). […]

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In the Key of CUE : A Music Teacher’s Perspective on her First CUE Conference

Levar Burton just walked on stage as the main keynote of the conference. At that moment, I looked to my right and there’s Scott Bedley and his group of amazing colleagues. I glanced to my left to see Jason Seliskar, Jen Roberts and Bill Selak, who’s showing me his final edit of a photo he […]

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The Cost of Creativity

In college I was repeatedly asked the question, “Genein, how did you become so creative?”  This question was often prompted from my elaborate project submissions throughout the years, which always went above and beyond the minimum requirements. It wasn’t until I won various awards for my creative interdisciplinary lessons, that I stopped to really think about […]

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5 Things We Need to Stop Pretending -Twitter Challenge-

First it was the Ice Bucket Challenge and now it’s this. I was challenged by one of my education mentors, Scott Bedley, to list 5 things we need to stop pretending in education. So here  goes:     5 Things We Need To Stop Pretending That the arts are important when no official time is […]

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